In the last year, members of the Garden Creek Archaeological Project spent nearly four months in Plott Farm neighborhood in Canton, conducting geophysical survey, placing test units and shovel tests, and excavating intact features dating to the Middle Woodland period. Now, thanks to the generosity and patience of local residents, we are coming back for just a little bit more.
From February 26 till the end of March, I plan to be at Garden Creek with new and familiar faces to answer some questions that have arisen in the course of ongoing analysis. For the first few weeks, Tim Horsley will be joining me with his magnetometer and other geophysical instruments; we aim to map portions of the site we weren’t able to get to last year and to re-map certain archaeological “hot spots” using different techniques for higher resolution. After that, a crew from the University of Michigan (and any other friends I can convince) will help to open up a few more units around the earthwork ditch. In particular, we want to target anomalies inside the enclosure and increase the sample of surrounding features for comparison to materials associated with the mound.
This post is all to say: if you see us out and about it Plott Farm next month, please feel free to stop by and say hello. We’re happy to tell you what we’re doing and happy to answer any questions you might have. In the meantime, please just keep your fingers crossed that the weather will stay fine and the temperatures warm for our early spring expedition!