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Visitors, Photos, and Videos

On Thursday we hosted a number of visitors to our field site, in addition to our regularly scheduled volunteers and our partners at SEAC. Archaeologists with the Florida Public Archaeology Network came out to see our work and to experiment with photogrammetry.

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FPAN Archaeologist, Tristan Harrenstein, takes shots of an excavated unit.
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Tristan (FPAN) checking the pictures and how much life is left in the battery. You can see the plywood and plastic in the background that was put up so there unit would be completely in shade. The dappled shade/sun of the natural tree cover does not make for good archaeology photos.

 

We also had a visit by a retired soil scientist that has worked all over but is especially knowledgable about the soils in our area. We need to figure out if some of the sands we are encountering in our excavations are naturally occurring or if the people that lived here 1200-1400 years ago brought them to this specific location. If it is the latter, we then get to puzzle over (and hopefully answer) – Why?  Next week we will take sediment samples and cores of various parts of the site for further analysis.

We were very excited to host staff from the FSU University Communications office. They brought out a number of digital and video cameras to capture our work. It was wonderful to share our passion for archaeology and the excitement for what we are learning about the last people to live here is palpable. Nora Bertolaet, Ryan Ruditz, and their team were wonderful to work with and asked really great questions! We can’t wait to see the finished product (which we will post here of course)!

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FSU University Communications staff learn about some of the tools and technologies used by people at this (and neighboring) sites over a thousand years ago. (They are interviewing Thadra Stanton, FSU Anthropology Alumna and current staff with SEAC.)
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FSU University Communications videographer and assistants interview Dr. Tanya Peres about our work at the site and the FSU archaeological field school course.
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