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Dear__, is an archaeological excavation documented through installations and photographs. Two main dig sites were surveyed. Using a non-probabilistic sampling technique, I set out to explore the boundaries of the ranch where my father was raised. In contrast, I excavated, with systematic sampling, the suburban home where I spent my childhood.


A vast amount of site records were located prior to the dig. Cross referencing these records with excavated relics further clarified the historical context of our personal epoch. Presented here is the survey report summarizing the findings.


The materials displayed are a combination of recovered artifacts and objects I crafted.

Archaeological Dig Site I
Non-intrusive aerial photograph, Flagged 

Lineage Assemblage


Photographs silkscreened onto wood

Diagnostic Artifact, circa 1955

Artifact II

Reproduction Replica 

circa 1950

In Situ II

Artifact I

Senior Portrait 

Attribute I

Pending tagging

Attribute I

Degenerative Scan 

Archaeological Dig Site II


Dendrochronology (Tree-Ring Dating)

Paternal Grandmother

Dig Site I