The Glass of Johnson’s Island

Wednesday, June 24, 2015 green glass inkwell base

While digging in the majority of our units, the most obvious artifacts are typically pieces of glass, both large and small. The sheen of the glass in the sunlight illuminates it and separates it from the rest of the soil. Whether the color of the glass is dark green, amber, light green, or clear when […]

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How to Open and Set Up New Units for Excavation

Thursday, June 18, 2015 The key is to keep the string in line with the stakes

Director’s Note: Every unit we open up is tied to the overall site grid that was established back in 1989. There are several brass plate permanent datum points cemented into the ground. From these we place stakes along the grid in the areas we wish to investigate. As noted, we are set up to explore […]

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FS-ing Artifacts at Johnson’s Island

Tuesday, June 9, 2015 N218E134 (excavation unit)

As we excavate, part of our job is to screen buckets of soil for artifacts. Normally, the artifacts we find are set off to the side in trays to be counted and bagged at the end of the day. However, if something is unique or especially nice, it is FS’d. FS stands for “Field Specimen”, […]

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Summary of Research Design for 2015

Wednesday, June 3, 2015 Research Design for 2015

This season, our intention is to revisit the Prison Hospital, Block 6. In previous years (2006-2009), we had excavated the majority of the main hospital building, but did not investigate the extension on the northern end. We decided to focus on that extension for part of this season’s work. We are particularly interested in determining […]

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2014 Field Report 4

Tuesday, July 29, 2014 Total Station

In this video update from Johnson’s Island, we are using the Total Station to map out features for evidence of where Block 8 used to stand. Watch to learn more!

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