Hello once again trusted Lord Ashley followers! It’s been too busy of a summer and updates on what’s going on with the project have been taking a back burner for the time being. We’re slowly beginning the lab work phase and now that school is back in session, students will be helping process everything we found in June. We have begun to send soil samples to our analysts for special studies, where we hope to find evidence of preserved pollen grains and other plant remains. These remains will tell us of what the colonists ate at the settlement during the 10 years they lived there. I’m also working on beginning another round or historical research, hoping to look at things that haven’t been paid attention to in many years, and also taking a new look at things we’ve found before with the thought that things more pertient will pop up and show themselves in light of the work at St. Giles Kussoe.
Tomorrow at Founder’s Hall in Charles Towne Landing, I’ll be giving a free talk at 6:30pm. I’ll be reviewing the work we’ve done to date and highlighting the new discoveries made this summer. I’ll also be discussing the ways the Lord Ashley site and its artifacts, history and people related directly to Charles Towne, and also how they were different in setting, goals and end results. Both places faded away in the 1680s and became something else entirely; my work at both places touches on these changes.
I’m so excited to share what we’ve all worked so hard to accomplish these last four years! And, the work is nowhere near close to being done, as so much more analysis and studies need to be completed this year and next. Adding the archaeology and history of Charles Towne Landing into the mix as a primary comparative site adds new dimensions into the interpretations of these two, completely amazing historical resources. I hope to see everyone tomorrow night! A wine and cheese reception will follow the talk, so hang out and ask questions! I’ll have some artifacts from Lord Ashley site and Charles Towne Landing to show off too. Thanks everyone!