Upcoming Fieldwork at Garden Creek

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.

The Pigeon River from the lower terrace at Garden Creek, February 2011. We are hoping for similarly blue skies and pleasant temperatures in Feburary and March 2012!

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!

As always, visitors are welcome at GCAP. Stop on by!


About Alice Wright

Alice is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology at Appalachian State University. She tweets about archaeology, Appalachia, and cats @alicepwright.
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2 Responses to Upcoming Fieldwork at Garden Creek

  1. Bennie says:

    Gal, you got grit. Hope you have good weather. Will try to visit in mid-March

  2. Alice says:

    Ah, this reminds you that I owe you a copy of that map Bennie! I don’t have the drive with that image with me at the moment, but I’ll send it along from the museum tomorrow. Hope to see you in March!

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