Monday, October 26, 2009

Ft.George Day Four

Today was the fourth day of the archaeological survey of Ft George Cay. It was 95 yesterday with 60% humidity. I blazed trails through the bush between the foundations that we have been finding. We need to cut straight lines through the trees and thickets so that we can measure and triangulate each identified site. The measurements are then verified against the GPS coordinates we have been taking. I am exhausted and have small cuts and abrasions all over my body.

Today we spent the day in the water. I snorkeled from 8:00 until 1:00 using an underwater metal detector to re-locate the five known cannons in the water, then we began to survey the area between the cannons and the beach to get an idea of the cultural material that is in the water. It is evident that much of the fort has eroded into the ocean. However, it is amazing how many artifacts are still laying around a few inches under the sand.

Lots of small cannon balls.

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