Last week a handful WSU field school students came to Fort Ancient to look at the site and establish their research grid.
This week, with a full force of 15 students and a few volunteers, they continued their grid set up and began excavating. They opened three units. Two units are investigating the enclosure walls in order to identify how the circular enclosure was constructed, and one unit is in the very center.
Very soon afterward they started finding flint flakes (a.k.a. debitage) and bladelets . These finds charged the students (who range in age from 18 to 66) and helped keep them working through the hot, sunny day.
Visitors are coming by daily. The kids especially get a kick out of walking through the “entrance” of the circle which we have marked on the ground by using pin flags and holding something in their hands that no one else (except the excavator of course) has held for 2000 years. Their excitement is something to see! So far there have been people from Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee and Florida come by to see the excavation.
Until next week,