Special Edition Daily Report October 16, 2004
The Fort Edwards Archaeologist
Unearthing the Story of Joseph Edwards's Home and Fort
Report on the Archaeological Excavations at Fort Edwards, home site of Joseph
Edwards and a French and Indian War frontier fort of Col. George Washington.
This second major archaeological excavation is part of the ongoing project of The Fort Edwards Foundation of Capon Bridge, West Virginia, to preserve, protect and interpret the home site and fort site at Joseph Edwards's land grant on the banks of the Cacapon River in Hampshire County, West Virginia. This site represents both an early settler's home of the second quarter of the eighteenth century and a French and Indian War fort in Col. George Washington's chain of forts protecting the Virginia frontier. The excavation is under the direction of Dr. Stephen McBride of McBride Preservation Services of Lexington, KY. This report provided by The Foundation.
Daily Report, October 16, 2004
Today was another day dominated by the weather. This photo shows a period of bright sunshine and large white clouds. We had time to take a picture when it was calm. We do not have photos of the unsuspectingly quick wind that took two tents for a ride and placed some of our plastic cover in the top of a tall tree. Nor do we have photos of the driving rain that huddled us all in the surviving shelter while we held it down against the wind. But, there was enough time without rain when we could accomplish a good bit of work. That allowed us to find some very interesting features.
| Featured Team Member
Our featured team member today is Kurt Rademaker. Kurt was the number two man on the 2001 team so he knows much about our site. He is also the Project Cartographer or survey expert who operates the Pentax Total Station that precisely locates every feature on the site. With his help we hope to get a 3-D map before too long.
Kurt is doing graduate work at the University of Maine in the Climate Change Institute. That is a multi-disciplinary program that brings together many of the earth sciences in hopes of enriching each of the separate fields. Kurt is working on a Masters degree in Quaternary and Climate Studies. His thesis will be on Paleo-Indian and Obsidian Use in Highland Peru. We hope he returns to historic American archaeology after his studies.
| Mysterious Artifact of the Day
It seems that we are continually being puzzled. Today we found this artifact early in the morning. It appears to be made of lead. It is a bit over one eight inch thick (not even all the way around) and tapers from top to bottom. The rim on the top is about one sixteenth inch high. To our naked eye the symbol on the left appeared to be a san serif "G." The photograph shows something different. Any guesses as to what it is? Contact us.
|Visitor of the Day
Our special visitor today made our day a family affair. We try to highlight a special visitor and when a team member's family comes to visit that is special. The photograph shows our archaeology team member Ann with her father, Bruce Wilkinson. He is not a dirt digger, but he is a history buff who enjoyed his first visit to Fort Edwards. We hope he comes back to see our interpretation of his daughter's field work when we get the archaeology exhibit installed.
Ann spent much of her day enlarging, cleaning and drawing the stockade feature with the two turns. One turn is a 90 degree angle on the left; the other turn is just off the photo on the far right.
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