One of our objectives last field season was to complete several archaeological survey and testing projects across the Island. Here are a few snapshots from our work in Pinette. We were hoping to find the site of one of the many Acadian homes that formed a village along the Pinette River in the mid-18th Century; however, soil probes and shovel tests fell short of helping us pinpoint a home. PEI was experiencing a dry, hot summer, and the earth was baked solid, and therefore conditions were not very conducive to excavation. That said, historical maps clearly depict the settlement in Pinette, and further work here would no doubt be very promising.
The field in Pinette that was once the site of numerous Acadian houses.
Setting up our grid.
After setting up a baseline and grid in the lower end of the field, we began by using our soil probe to try to identify areas of cultural activity. Unfortunately, conditions were not favorable, and sinking the probe into the ground proved extremely challenging.
Following our attempts to take soil samples in the field, we decided to focus our attention on the adjacent treeline, where conditions were (slightly) better. Here, Shalen and Meghan take samples in what looks like a jungle.
Shovel testing along the treeline. L-R: Shalen Trask, Meghan Ferris, Isaac Stewart
Unfortunately, shovel testing did not turn up evidence of an Acadian presence; however, the test pits still need to be recorded for future reference.
While shovel testing did not turn up anything, Shalen did find this nice sherd of Saintonge as she walked in the field, thus proving an Acadian presence.
Traditional field crew picture taken upon completion of a project. L-R: Dawne Knockwood, Dr. Helen Kristmanson, Shalen Trask, Isaac Stewart, Meghan Ferris