This blog includes updates from the Fort St. Joseph Archaeological Project sponsored by Western Michigan University in partnership with the City of Niles, the Fort St. Joseph Museum, Support the Fort, Inc. and other community groups. The Project is dedicated to archaeological research, education, community service learning, and intensive public outreach. The Principal investigator of the Project is Dr. Michael Nassaney.
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
First full day of excavation
Wednesday was our full day of excavating
our 1x1 m units at the Lyne Site. One of the major challenges some pit partners
faced during excavating was keeping the floor leveled. My pit partner and I went
from 3cm AD (Above Datum) to 5cm BD (Below Datum) and we were struggling to
keep our floor leveled and our walls nice and straight.
The second highlight of my day,
besides finishing excavating Level I in my unit, was seeing the mole that built
a tunnel through my unit!
White seed bead found in one of the units.
After lunch, a few of the units were
able to finish excavating Level I, many at 10cm BD, and beginning to excavate Level
II. When filling out a level sheet, you need to be very detailed so anybody who
looks at your data are able to picture what you excavated precisely where each
item was located when found.
Some of the finds today included two
.5cm pieces of earthenware, a small piece of ceramic, small bones, and a white
Lecture with Doug Scott.
Each Wednesday night, the field
school attends lectures on varying topics related to Archaeology. Tonight’s
lecture was at the Niles District Library. The lecture was titled Shot and Shell Tell the Tale presented by weapons expert Doug
Scott. Scott discussed Battlefield and Conflict Archaeology and how one needs a
comprehensive artillery analysis in order to comprehend the roll the weaponry
had in battle. Examples of this type of Archaeology included the USS Arizona
submarine that was found many years after the bombing at Pearl
Harbor. The study of Battlefield and Conflict Archaeology is only
about 30 years old and continues to grow more popular.
Tomorrow, a staff member and field
school student are going to be at French Market. If you have any questions
about the project or about our summer camps, please feel free to ask us at
French Market tomorrow!