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, August 1, 2012
Unlocking the 18th century
What can we unlock?
Trigger guard got the site buzzing
Today was an exciting day at the fort site. We are in full
swing now with wet screening going on continuously and people already through the
alluvial and plow zones. With the first few units hitting the levels of occupation
some very interesting artifacts have come out. Some of today's are sure to be
highlights of this field season. Tonight was also part 3 of the lecture series
at the Niles senior center with Bob Meyers and his presentation of “Marines and
Militia of Fort St. Joseph”.
4 of the wet screening stations
five wet screens going nonstop, and our pump was only shut down twice, once for
lunch and another to be refueled. Buckets were being filled faster than they
could be screened and all the expected artifacts were coming out. We have found
large amounts of bone, beads, and various metal scraps. What got people really
pumped though were a couple of keys and a trigger guard, all coming from the
same 2x1 meter unit! Hopefully the trio working in the area will find plenty
more and give us a little more information, adding to our understanding of the
fort and New France.
today's lucky trio
though we have been doing this for over a month it still is an amazing feeling
to be the first person in centuries to touch whatever it is that you’re pulling
out of the ground. These artifacts represent little bits in the puzzle of who
these people were and how they spent their time, the everyday things that weren’t
written down. That’s what we are searching for as archaeologists. The unwritten
pages in history are vast and we have accepted the challenge of filling them.
of 4 of our lecture series was tonight at the Niles senior center. Bob Meyers
gave an informative presentation on the military history of Fort St. Joseph. The
lectures are always a welcomed opportunity to spray the mud off ourselves and
get into a more classroom like setting. They are always filled with good people
and great presenters, and tonight’s was no different. We could not ask for more
gracious hosts, the people of Niles have greeted us with open arms everywhere