Monday, June 1, 2009

Field School begins tomorrow

The Pensacola Colonial Frontiers project will shift into high gear tomorrow with the first day of fieldwork with our full complement of students. The graduate supervisors and staff spent Friday setting up the project mapping grid and establishing benchmarks for horizontal and vertical control, and excavated the first shovel test on the site. We confirmed that at least part of the survey area may never have been plowed, which will be a real plus if we are able to find intact remains of structures or activity areas from the colonial era, or any other period for that matter. After months and months of historical research, the search for the 18th-century missions outside Spanish Pensacola is finally moving into the archaeological phase.

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