Thursday, May 12, 2016

Monday dig - an almost intact 300+ year old Native American bowl is found

Day One of the St. Augustine Dig:

 St. Augustine celebrated its 450th Anniversary last year (1565 to 2015).  Since Beaufort's Santa Elena was started by Pedro Menendez a year later in 1566, this year, 2016, is the 450th anniversary of Santa Elena.

 Carl Halbirt, City Archaeologist for the City of St. Augustine, holds the 300+ year old Native American almost intact pot.  To decorate the outside of the pot, a board with a set pattern was pushed against the clay before it was fired.

 Jennifer Clark from First Coast News films a close up shot.

 Before the pot is carefully removed from its 300+ year old hole.

 Carl carefully examines the pot, treating it with extra care.

 Clay fired pottery sherds

 Our good friend Moses works the shovel

Russi and Nick discuss the dig under the tent

 Sifting to find unearthed buried treasure