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  • Writer's pictureE Stegmaier

St. Eustatius Airport Expansion Project: Day 3 (April 23, 2021)

Updated: Apr 25, 2021

I spent the first half of today in the studio (i.e. my room) continuing my drawings from yesterday, and I received word just before lunch that they were likely going to need me on site later in the day. The remains turned out to be deeper than expected, so I made myself useful helping clear an area for photography. We were making good progress when the director eagle-eyed this discoloration in the soil, which is likely the remnants of wood. Another feature to document!

The wood itself had decomposed, so all that was left was the organic residue. Additionally we found artifacts in the area including bits of pottery, an iron nail, pipe stems and a well preserved pipe bowl. Most (if not all) of these objects likely date to the first half of the 18th century.

The sheer amount of artifacts being recovered is impressive. The objects in the pic below were found yesterday, and were washed and catalogued today. As you can see, there's quite a bit there:

And, as one would expect, I came back filthy.

It wasn't until I looked at this pic that I realized how hairy my arms are. It's quite gross. Sorry!

Tomorrow, I'm heading out to the site in the morning to draw the first major feature to be excavated. Due to the depth and narrowness of the pit, I expect it will be challenging.

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