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The day after

We were anxious as we returned to the site this morning, unsure of the extent of any damage to our excavations from Tropical Storm Colin. On Friday of last week we took extra precautions when we covered the excavation units in anticipation of three days of rain – but that was before the rain turned into TS Colin! We are so glad we bought plywood and made extra efforts – they paid off!

Several of our excavation units covered with plywood and plastic. They worked!

In several of our units near the swamp (and on a downslope) we were not so lucky. We had to create a bucket brigade to get the nearly 40 cm of water out of the deepest unit!

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Fortunately for us, we are nearly finished excavating the units that were inundated. This means we can leave them to dry out over the next few days and finish our work in there later this week.

So, the crews that were in those units were sent to join the rest of the group and we opened three more excavation units to extend our view into the site. We still have lots of work to do as we uncover features and try to figure out the puzzle of the past, but we are having a great time! Thanks for reading!

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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).

FSU Archaeological Field School students look at one room of curated artifacts. 
BAR Senior Archaeologist, Marie Prentice, explains how this sword hilt was conserved and cast.
The FSU Archaeological Field School students were overwhelmed by the material culture curated at BAR.
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.
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!