|The surreal blue of the walls comes from our tarp. Diggers look like Smurfs|
Jim is seeing if Cotton Hole Bight can yield evidence of the first three Bermudians (c. 1610) with Alice, Mimi, Sam O. and Luke. Andrew and Sam M. are taking on the new cave site with me.
|Taking out a pesky Spice tree with a borrowed|
chainsaw (thanks, Danny!)
Our incredible run of luck has continued, with no rain days at all this year. Our boat commute on Wednesday morning was on a calm day at dead low tide, and as we rounded the nasty shoal halfway across, I saw through the clear water that it wasn't a shoal at all, but rather a pretty big shipwreck! We later snorkeled around it, circled its ballast pile and followed its lengthy keel, marveling at the history literally right under our noses unnoticed every day. Copper sheathing, iron pins, wooden hull and capstan all suggest a 19th century date.
Leigh laid out two new units inside Smallpox Bay site and another four outside in front, working on the theory that, given the lack of a fireplace in the ruin, food preparation likely took place in the open outside and nearby. A close look at the interior north wall of the ruin also provided evidence that this structure was government or imperially related, rather than a private domestic site: we could make out very large initials "GR" with a broad arrow underneath: Georgius Rex and the mark of the Royal Navy.
And at the Cave Site, we cleared away the area and established a unit across the southern opening. Lots of metal detector hits and an initial examination of the interior of the cave suggest a fairly thick layer of fill.
|Chisel marks in the cave's roof, revealing|
that it was formerly worked to enlarge it
or smooth out its interior
The gelato was deferred until tomorrow, when we will have a Solstice Party on St. Catherine's Beach after work.
For all loyal Bermudian followers, the Bermuda National Trust is running tour boats out to our sites on Sunday from 2-5pm: http://www.bnt.bm/images/SmithIsland.jpg.
And on Wednesday, we will be giving a public lecture presenting our findings and conclusions at the end of the 2014 season at the St. George's Foundation's World Heritage Center between 7pm and 8pm: https://www.facebook.com/stgeorgesfoundation/photos/gm.291853557653600/833620193317743/?type=1&theater