OSKALOOSA — Scientists and volunteers got their hands dirty this weekend at the mammoth dig site in rural Mahaska County.
The work crew at the site was sifting through mud Saturday morning after workers pumped about 1,000 gallons of ground water that seeped into the pit Friday. That’s about the volume of a small swimming pool, said Dr. Jim North of William Penn University.
“We’ve found some interesting artifacts, so we’re screening,” North said. “We started out looking for large bones and we’re finding small ones.”
The crew is working in a stream bed, so there’s old vegetation, new vegetation and lots of little rocks to sort through, he said.
The mammoth dig site has drawn experts from across the Midwest who want to investigate the site. Read more.
JAMES CITY —— More than 400 years after America’s first permanent English settlement rose from the ground, archaeologists are combining local clay, loam and black needle rush grass in an experimental effort to recreate the unique method used to construct some of the colony’s earliest buildings.
The project blends archaeological evidence gleaned from Jamestown with research into the traditional mud-and-stud building techniques of Lincolnshire, England, which was the home of such key settlers asCapt. John Smith and carpenter William Laxton.
It also requires Preservation Virginia archaeologist David Givens and his Historic Jamestowne students to learn on the job, employing their eyes and fingertips in a trial-and-error attempt to unlock the lost secrets of the simple but age-old tradition of building with mud. Read more.