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 24, 2013
Choppin Roots, Like a BOSS!
Some of the artifacts recovered from FSJ today!
hope you have been having a splendid day in this wonderfully cool weather we've been having; it sure does make it a wee bit easier to work. Even if it makes
wet screening a terror, between the water and the wind your fingers turn into
icicles. Frozen fingers or not, we still had a very successful day at the
screens and found multiple gun flints, musket balls and as always a staggering
amount of bone fragments. Just look for yourself!
Sadly I have not experienced the wonderful insight of the
middle school campers we have entertained this week but I have heard so very
much about them and am simply bursting with jealousy. If we could kidnap one
and keep them at the stable, we promise to feed it and love it dearly,
donations accepted. My unit partner and I have not had the luxury of having a
middle schoolers because we are wild crazy hatchet swing maniacs, just kidding
but really. See following picture to understand…
Our unit prior to root hacking.
Above is a picture of our unit at 30cm below datum. You are
looking at a tree root that sprawled across our entire unit. After hours of hacking,
slashing and chipping with every wood working instrument on hand we managed to
reduce the root. Something Dr. Nassaney
says last years field school wouldn't be able to cut it (get it?!?). After several more hours of chopping, cutting, and slicing we
managed to dig 5 more centimeters, which is pictured below.
It took forever and a remarkable amount of effort but our
unit is a masterpiece of wood work. Every one of you should come out and see this
work of art Friday at 2pm, sharp. It is at this time that we will be hosting
pit tours at the Fort St. Joseph site and I’ll most likely be continuing to chiseling away at our roots.