Slowly but surely, fieldwork is getting underway Garden Creek. Ashley and I have spent the first few days re-investigating a circular magnetic anomaly and cluster of fire-cracked rock that we first identified this past winter. On the negative side, it increasingly looks as if the feature was formed by natural (instead of man-made) processes — maybe a tree burning in place. But, on the plus side, we now will be able to recognize this sort of feature more readily on the basis on magnetometer readings alone.
Tomorrow we hope to borrow a total station from the Warren Wilson archaeological crew that is working at the late prehistoric Berry and Catawba Meadows sites in Morganton. This machine will allow us to precisely map the next several units that we will excavate, directly over other magnetic anomalies. We will be joined in this effort by Erika Loveland, a University of Michigan undergraduate student. We look forward to having her on the project, and to having more to report soon!