To our great surprise, we discovered a very deep occupation at our site – right on top of the glacial clay, 2m below ground level. Very cool but also very hard to get at – the high water table kind of gets in the way when you’re trying to look at the sand.
But, we’re always up for a new and exciting challenge, so add shoring construction (mustn’t neglect our safety of course) and sump pump installation to our growing skill set. I assisted as best I could with construction; however, due to my highly absorbent nature I let the more resilient crew members do the really wet work.
They looked beautiful in the ground but as soon as you tried to remove them you were left holding a pile of tiny bone fragments. We’ve also discovered that the water table was rather devious and leached all of the collagen out of the bone making radiocarbon dating a futile endeavor.
But to make up for that, this mysterious lower occupation also yielded up some highly unusual projectile points.
They’re thin and well-made which doesn’t really fit with how old we think the time period is – at the moment we believe it to be the transition period from Early to Middle Prehistoric period (7 – 9,000 years old). But we love a good mystery and will do some further research into them (for a closer view of the point check my About page).