|Kristin and Nicole troweling in Area C.|
With a morning fieldwork rain delay and a drenching at the end of the day yesterday, and more rain forecast for today, the crew is taking the day for some local museum visitation while we hope for better weather tomorrow. Our first two days on this Memorial Day week were productive, and we're finally beginning to push downward through the late 19th-century sawmill deposits into the remains of Mission Escambe.
|A chert gunflint (?) fragment in Area C.|
|Chelsea, Jen, Katie, and Kayla photo-cleaning in Area E.|
|Ericha and Jodi photo cleaning the adjacent unit in Area E.|
Dr. Worth also staked in a new 1x2 meter unit and began excavations on Wednesday in the area to the east of the church/friary area, hoping to discover further evidence for the eastern curtain wall of the stockaded compound built by Spanish Engineer Phelipe Feringan Cortes in 1760. We discovered its northeast corner and part of the eastern wall in 2012, but additional excavations are needed to discover how far south it extends, and this unit (in Area B) will provide us an opportunity to trace this fortification.
|Cody cleans around a sawmill-era brick in the next shovel test.|
On a final note, we've been getting "up close and personal" with some of the local reptilian life, and a few pictures of our neighbors at the site follow below.
|A Ribbon Snake (Thamnophis sauritus) in some Chinese privet on the site.|
|Closeup of a Gray Rat Snake (Pantherophis spiloides) next to the screening station.|
|Dr. Worth decided to try a close encounter with the rat snake (both parted unharmed).|