— posted by field school student Eric S.
We continued on with the remote sensing survey, and this time moved to known areas of historic occupation. While collecting data near the spring-fed stream that runs through the property, the remote sensing crew discovered possible historic artifacts along the stream bottom and bank.
These included quite a few horseshoes, a large dump of nails, pieces to a field gate, a buckle to a horse harness, a metal shank button, and the bottom of a glass bottle that appears to date to the late 1800s. We collected these artifacts, recorded their locations, and will analyze them further to determine their functions and ages.
Furthermore, there are wooden poles or planks with nails driven into them lodged under the eroded embankment of the stream. It is possible that they were part of a wooden structure, possibly a bridge, fence, or gate. The findings provided some needed excitement for the day as did some occupied snake holes further downstream.
We ended the week on a high note and look forward to the addition of six new classmates/crew members. We have one more area to shovel test survey on this 300+ acre farm, and then excavations begin for real! The three day weekend before excavation will give us a much needed break to help us revitalize ourselves and come back with a strong and positive attitude.
Happy Memorial Day from RCARP!