Johnson’s Island: 2017 Field Report 2

Monday, July 10, 2017

Week two has come and gone and we have found some interesting things at Johnson’s Island. One of the excavators, Caitlyn, found part of a small animal skeleton that she named ‘Clarence’. However we could not find the skull that day. We initially thought the skeleton could have been a rat, but we weren’t entirely […]

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Johnson’s Island: 2017 Field Report 1

Monday, July 3, 2017

We started field school on Monday, June 5th with an introduction to who everyone was and what we were doing over the next five weeks. After that we watched a video on Johnson’s Island, called Rebels on Lake Erie, to give us some background knowledge of not only the site, but what went on there […]

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2017 Director’s Comments

Monday, June 26, 2017 Block 4 Area Under Investigation

Comments from Dr. Dave Bush, Director of the Archaeological Investigation at the Johnson’s Island Civil War Prison Site. This is my 30th year investigating the Johnson’s Island Civil War Prison site. It is difficult to believe that I have spent so much time at just one archaeological site. Part of the fascination with this site […]

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2016 Field Report 4

Tuesday, July 12, 2016 image1

The latrine is a valuable asset in our dig because there is so much we can learn from it and there are exciting artifacts to find. An important part while excavating the latrine is reconstructing the depositional history. The latrine is in an area where there has been little to no disturbance since the Civil […]

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2016 Field Report 3

Friday, July 8, 2016 FS10078

Over the past 3 weeks we have found many Field Specimens (FSs) which we defined in a previous article. We discover FSs while we are excavating or while screening through the soil. On Johnson’s Island we find artifacts from not only the Civil War, but from past Native Americans use. Getting to see each item […]

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