Some of you may have noticed the lack of blog posts for the summer field season of 2013...the reason is that we've taken a summer off to finish analyzing our finds from the 2009-2012 field schools. But don't worry, we're planning to return to Mission Escambe in the summer of 2014, with a finished 4-year report in hand and a specific plan to fill in some of the gaps in what we've already learned about the site.
And please take the opportunity to visit the 2013 UWF summer field school web sites, including the UWF Maritime Archaeology Field School Blog, YouTube Channel, and Facebook Page, and also the UWF Campus Survey Field School Facebook Page.
Below are some pictures from the ongoing labwork relating to the mission dig.
One major task of labwork is to digitize the field maps of plan views and profiles for all the excavation units. The picture above shows Michelle Pigott working on re-scaling and combining original drawings. Michelle has also spent much of the summer conducting detailed metric analysis of mission-era Native American ceramics from Escambe, which will form part of her own thesis project.
Once the maps are digitized and cleaned up a bit, they are then entered into a Geographic Information Systems (GIS) database, where they are spatially referenced so that we can examine all the map information from different units together. Above, Jennifer Melcher works her magic on the computer.
The final scan of the seal shows fine details such as the lettering on the stamped surface, likely corresponding to the maker of the items being sealed (probably cloth) and perhaps also the measurement or some other designation for the item.