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Bead Making Experiment July 1 2008

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Closeup of the edge of a wall fragment. The clay is well sintered, but still it breaks in a way that exposes small openings. This is a result of the straw used with the clay to make the walls. These openings would make it easy for water to get inside the wall. As the water froze and expanded, then thawed over a thousand winters it would break the wall down.

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Text © Neil Peterson, 2017
Photographs © Karen Peterson, 2017

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