Barbados Battery Artifacts and reflections

After many weeks of digging this summer, I was able to excavate three new test units and re-excavate one old test unit.  The majority of the artifacts recovered date to the late eighteenth and early nineteenth century, and are related to drinking and smoking.  Artifacts of interest include a lead musketball, a sherd of a westerwald drinking vessel, pieces of delft, staffordshire slipware, a glass marble, and sherds of a willow printed plate.  Many pipestems were found, as well as prehistoric pottery nearing the bottom of the battery wall.

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Barbados Battery progress 2014

Well, it seems that somehow I’ve managed to lose the earlier post I made this year, so I’ll start from the beginning.

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After the fact review

After reaching the bottom of the wall in the second test unit, I filled both test units back in.  I washed the artifacts and with the assistance of Hayden Bassett and Maddy Gunter, was able to have them identified and recorded.  Artifacts relating to the fort’s occupation were a piece of north devonshire Stoneware, a piece of delft pottery mortared to the wall, and a few pieces of glass.  At the bottom of the wall three Amerindian pottery sherds were found.

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Excavation

I began excavation at the Church of the Good Shepherd site  Monday the 22nd, and will finish tomorrow.  I will spend the rest of my time here cleaning, identifying, and analyzing the artifacts I have recovered.  I put in two test units, on on the inside of the wall and one on the outside.  The first test unit, the one dug on the inside of the wall, stopped when I reached what appeared to be a prepared stone surface.  The second test unit was much deeper and ended at the base of the wall, over a meter into the ground.

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Permission Granted

Yesterday I finally obtained permission from Church of the Good Shepherd’s Priest and warden to conduct a small excavation in the church parking lot, which is farther south than I realized.  In the time since my last post and the start of my excavation, I have been exploring and researching the remains of the other forts on the island.  The first place I looked at was Six Men’s battery, located on a hill overlooking the coast north of the fishing village of Six Men’s.Six Men's Cannons

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