|Kayla and Ericha finish off another shovel test.|
Artifacts from many time periods are appearing frequently during the testing, including numerous potsherds dating to the late prehistoric Pensacola culture, and others from earlier Weeden Island and other cultures. There is clearly an archaeological site here extending from one documented years ago farther north along the river, but as yet we have no definitive evidence for the 1730s/1759-1761 Creek occupation that we are searching for. We have two more days of testing coming up, so there is still time to continue the search.
Wednesday was a rain day, and the students spent the morning rough-sorting artifacts from the Molino site, and took a fun field trip to the Fort Walton Temple Mound Museum during the afternoon. Pictures of our activities this week follow below.
|Kandiss works on cleaning up the base of a shovel test.|
|A rimsherd of Carabelle Incised pottery.|
|A very nice burnished and carefully incised Pensacola sherd.|
|A nicely incised sherd.|
|Jennifer Melcher leads students in rough sorting.|
|Olivia, Melody, and Michelle rough sorting.|
|Lunchtime during the field trip.|
|Students touring the Temple Mound Museum.|
|Melody and Chelsea trying out the bowdrill.|
|Katie and Michelle admiring a touring collection of art about the Calusa Indians.|
|Kalya delivering an impromptu lecture....|
|A group picture atop the temple mound.|
|The silly version...|