After only three days of work, Flinders University Archaeology students have recovered several artefacts from the soil of Mary MacKillop Memorial Park.
Since Sunday, 16 students have dug down through the landscaped surface to what appears to be the original surface from the time the stables were standing where Mary MacKillop created the first Catholic school in the district.
In the depths of the surface soil and sand, some Aboriginal stone artefacts (flakes) were discovered, which are likely to have been carted, with soil, from somewhere else in the area and placed at the site during landscaping in the 1970s and ‘80s.
Site supervisor, archaeologist and PHD student Cherrie Deleiuen said students had begun locating artefacts, including glass, ceramics, thimbles and buttons, that are possibly linked to the school. Read more.
UPTON — Opening the new 7-acre public park on Elm Street by mid-November, as town officials are hoping, depends on leaving no stone unturned.
Heritage Park, at 18 Elm St., is now waiting for a stone structure on its grounds called the Pearson Stone Chamber to be restored for safety, Historical Commission Chairwoman Barbara Burke said. Once that happens, the final touches can be put in place to make the property near Mill Pond - bought by the town in 2006 - a park.
An archaeologist needs to sample the soil around the chamber to figure out the age and origin of the 15-foot cave-like structure, the Massachusetts Historical Commission has said.
“There is a curiosity of wanting to explore the chamber, and we feel that public safety comes first,” Burke said.
Martin Dudek, an archaeologist from the Hudson, N.Y.-based firm John Milner Associates, will begin testing next week. The firm specializes in historic architecture and preservation planning.
“They’re looking to try to date when the stone structure was built,” Burke said. “They’re hoping once they can trace it to the beginning, they can then determine who was responsible and what it was used for.” Read more.
To some, the artifacts unearthed last month near Brackenridge Park might look like nothing more than pointy little rocks.
But local archaeologists believe the Center for Archaeological Research at the University of Texas at San Antonio has made a major breakthrough in telling the story of human life in the area several thousands of years ago.
“We have a wonderful opportunity here to better understand Texas prehistory,” said Kay Hindes, city archaeologist.
During an excavation for light poles for a hike and bike path being built by the San Antonio River Authority, UTSA found a flint woodworking tool on the north end of the Brackenridge Golf Course in November. The tool, called a Guadalupe adze, is thought to date to about 5,500 years ago.
Teams led by UTSA staff project archaeologists Jennifer Thompson and Kristi Ulrich have since found some 500 items, including unique fragments of St. Mary’s Hall projectile points thought to date to 8,800 to 9,900 years ago. Read more.
From signs of prehistoric man to rumors of escaping slaves and rare plant species, Mount Jefferson is full of history and significance in the high country of North Carolina. Folks gathered at the Ashe Arts Center on Saturday afternoon were treated to some very enlightening information as they came together to try and save the mountain’s public access from state budget cuts.
The Friends of Mt. Jefferson State Natural Area hosted “Mount Jefferson: the Old; the New; the Next” public forum to showcase the area’s significance and show support for keeping the natural area open year round for visitors. Read more