Monday, August 07, 2006
As seems par for field school work, the most tantalizing discoveries are made the last week. The main Trench B anomaly (picture 1) has "grown" and takes up roughly 6x6 meters of the 8x8 meter trench. The center deposit is orange-red and contains no artifacts. It is ringed by brown soils that have some artifacts, primarily pottery. So far two of these pieces of pottery are marked with what may be black paint (picture 2). Several post holes are associated with the center anomaly. Of additional interest is a prehistoric trench that contains several posts holes. It is the clearly visible light line at the southern side of the orange-red deposit.
Trench A work continued. One project was to weigh each stone that was used to hold the enclosure posts in place. Of the ones measured, approximately 200 pounds of stone was used to secure each post. The students then calculated that about 25 tons of stone was used to hold the enclosure posts in place. Pictured in the weighing process are William Laib and Katie Rippl.
The last things done on site were to cover and secure Trench B and Trench C to have the ready for next year's work. Trench A will not be investigated further and will be refilled with dirt this week.
What happens next? First the students take a final exam. It is scheduled for today and we hope that everyone did well. Then the recovered artifacts will be cataloged and examined by more students in the fall during a lab course at Wright State. The soil and charcoal samples will be analyzed. Notes and maps will be reviewed. Sometime there after a report will be compiled and the material boxed for curation at The Ohio Historical Society.
Thursday, August 03, 2006
The site was the focus of media attention the last couple weeks of the field school.
The first to publicize the Wright State University field school work was the Wilmington News Journal. The story can be seen at: http://www.wnewsj.com/main.asp?SectionID=46&SubSectionID=144&ArticleID=149026&TM=10257.35
Matt Shullek from The Ohio Historical Society's Web and Multi-Media Department (picture 1) made several visits to record the excavation process. And Kathy Hoke, also OHS, sent out a press release to various news related organizations. This can be seen at http://www.ohiohistory.org/about/pr/11140306205/release.html
John Switzer, columnist for the Columbus Dispatch, spent some time interviewing Dr. Riordan (picture 2). To read this, go to http://www.dispatch.com/news-story.php?story=dispatch/2006/08/06/20060806-B2-01.html01.html
And finally, Christina Morgan from WOSU 820 AM NRP interviewed staff and field school participants for a piece which aired on NPR’s All Things Considered and Morning Edition. Picture 4 shows Kat Landers being interviewed. Also pictured are (left to right) are Phyllis Rigney, Angela Chavez and Christina Davis. For the audio and text versions you can go to http://www.publicbroadcasting.net/wosu/news.newsmain?action=article&ARTICLE_ID=950597
The Ohio Historical Society thanks Dr. Robert Riordan and all the students and volunteers (listed below) for the enthusiasm and professionalism they demonstrated throughout the project and we look forward to continued investigations in 2007.
Students: Brian Beiersdorfer, Patricia Brechlin, Angela Chavez, Sarah Clark, Christina Davis, William Laib, Kathleen Landers, Allison Leet, Bill Martin, Sandra Millard, Thomas Miller, Phyllis Rigney, Katherine Rippl, Daniel Ross, Joseph Shaffer, Dean Wells, Anna Zalusky
Volunteers: Veronica Frost, Chris Mangin, Katie Ulrich, Larry Wickliff