We are in the thick of excavating our 1x2 meter units at the Fort Saint Joseph site. We are currently at the top of the plow zone, or the level of soil which has been churned by farmers in the 19th and early 20th centuries. My unit hit the plow zone at 35 centimeters and my pit-partner, Steven, and I suspect that we will excavate well past 60 centimeters in this unit. We have encountered four large stones, which are probably associated with a wall feature that was excavated just northeast of our unit in 2012. In essence, our pit and the pit immediately south of us are being dug in order to intersect the west side of what we believe to be the foundations of an 18th-century house. It is a very exciting to be assigned this unit, as it is yielding contemporary household items and objects. The items and objects we are uncovering, such as ceramics, beads, and even animal bone, can be indicative of social factors, especially in multicultural settings such as Fort Saint Joseph. I will elaborate on material culture using an example from our own growing artifact collection: red earthenware ceramics, or redware.
|Redware recovered at Fort St. Joseph|