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.
Thursday, August 2, 2012
Food for the Masses
Hello, friends! We’ve enjoyed another gloriously busy day in
the field. Though the artifacts weren’t pouring out of the Pit of Opportunity
today, we learned a lot and once again experienced the undying hospitality of
the people of Niles.
Thank you, Kiwanis Club!
We were lucky enough to have the Kiwanis Club provide a
bountiful lunch for us in the field. Thank you, Kiwanis Club, for the generous
gift and affection you showed us today!
Hard at work in the field
Our cultural finds of the day included a window hinge, a
blue cut glass stone (hopefully from a ring that we will discover in its
entirety in a few centimeters…), portions of a blade, wampum, and a piece of
wire described by the Good Doctor as the ‘duct tape of the 18th
century.” So what do we think they used in place of WD-40?
After the eventful day in the field, we students were
finally given the chance to give a little bit of affection back to the
community. With the usual helpful kindness of the Layman family, we hosted a
barbecue at the farmhouse. Has there ever been an archaeological field school
that ate this well?! A special thanks to all of our friends for coming out to
see us this evening.
Joe vs. Cobbler
Our goal in the field this year is to continue uncovering a
few of the features discovered in past field schools. A hearth and a fireplace,
discovered deep beneath the alluvium in years previous, were re-excavated this
season, in order for us to have a better visual of how the buildings in the
fort were laid out. None of the units have uncovered the walls we are searching
for, YET. Keep it tuned, folks, we have a good feeling about those walls.