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Boxcavations is located in Bellingham, WA.  The idea came to me when I was working as a volunteer at the Burke Museum in Seattle.  The museum routinely receives requests to "dig something up."  With rare exceptions, untrained members of the public are not allowed to excavate in real archaeological sites.  Because archaeological sites are a non-renewable cultural resource, to do so would be unethical and irresponsible.  But by the same token, having kids dig up some plastic toys that were buried in a sandbox yesterday seemed a bit, well, hokie.

Meanwhile, I had the opportunity to work with Lee Post re-articulating a reindeer skeleton in Alaska.  During that project, Lee told me about experiments he was doing in classrooms across Alaska, burying large mammals (moose, wolves) in totes filled with horse manure.

I decided to start experimenting myself, and put the two ideas together in spring of  2010.

And what about me?  I am a zooarchaeologist, with a PhD in Anthropology (University of Washington, 2002).  In addition to Boxcavations, I run a consulting business that specializes in the identification of non-human animal bones.