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TS Colin paid us a visit

If you have watched or listened to the news, you know that Tropical Storm Colin is crossing the state of Florida as we write this. The rains from TS Colin arrived in Tallahassee overnight and continued throughout the day. This meant no fieldwork for us. Instead we spent the morning in the lab at the FSU Department of Anthropology washing, sorting, and re-bagging dry artifacts. These are important first steps in artifact analysis.

After lunch we were able to take a tour of the State Archaeological Collections curated by the Bureau of Archaeological Research, Florida Division of Historical Resources (thanks to Haley Messer for arranging and the staff of BAR for taking time out of their busy day to show us around).

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FSU Archaeological Field School students look at one room of curated artifacts. 
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BAR Senior Archaeologist, Marie Prentice, explains how this sword hilt was conserved and cast.
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The FSU Archaeological Field School students were overwhelmed by the material culture curated at BAR.
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Manos and metates of Mexican origin are curated here. These come from various Colonial Period Spanish shipwrecks in Florida waters. They were meant to be unloaded and either sold or gifted to family, friends, and supporters in Spain.
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Dr. Dan Seinfeld, Archaeology Collections and Conservation Supervisor, describes how a particular artifact may have been used.

We are headed out to the site tomorrow, rain or shine, to check on the status of our excavation units and continue where we left off last week. Stay tuned!

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