Forensic Anthropology

I was lucky to have been able to attend a lecture at Saint Mary’s University, one of my old stomping grounds, Tuesday evening.  Dr Douglas Owlsy is a famous forensic anthropologist from the Smithsonian institute.  He has worked on a number of high profile Cases, Jeffery Dalmer, 9-11, and I recognize him from Forensic Files.  I was on the edge of my seat the whole time he spoke of his latest project involving the remains found in the Cheasapeake bay area.  Namely Jamestown and Saint Mary’s.  It was a hard life for those colonists and the hardships were apparent in the bones they left behind.  It was fascinating.image image image

I stayed until after question period.  I have now joined as a life-time member of the NS Archeaology society.  Their upcoming monthly talks sounds super interesting to this Archeaology nerd;)

Louisbourg Day 4

Today turned out to be a beautiful day.  The sun was finally shining again.  The little family of cormorants I see on my drive into and out of The Fortress was basking in the sunshine on my way to the Inn.  The mystery has begun.  The artifacts are telling us the story.  Every layer gives us a little more information and a lot of times it adds to the mystery.  The area I worked in today is a mess of brick and stones, we suspect is a collapsed chimney.  I spent most of the day cleaning that up to prepare for overhead pictures in the morning.  The House turned Brewery is suppose to have a double fireplace with enough room for two burners on each side.  We found a pavé slate floor Yesterday, we removed that today to get to the next level.  It’s a tedious process but I find it very grounding.

Pewter Spoon
Pewter Spoon
We think this is a collapsed double fireplace.  The brick and stonework is puzzling.
We think this is a collapsed double fireplace. The brick and stonework is puzzling.
Here I am, very dirty and tired but in my glory.
Here I am, very dirty and tired but in my glory.
Progress shot
Progress shot

Dig Day One

It’s a peaceful place along the North Shore where we are excavating. Reuniting with the people and places that are familiar now on my seventh season here is something I always look forward to. Being with like minded folks who share this love of history and piecing together the past is something I need like air. It recharges my batteries and clears away the cobwebs from my brain. Here are a few photos from today’s events.

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