We’ve spent the last two days working at a site near the head of Port Joli Harbour, instead of at our house floor site in the cranberry bog. We are digging here to gather some animal bones, datable remains, and artifacts to assist us in filling in the cultural sequence for the harbour. The landowners kindly gave us permission to dig on their property, and we are very grateful to them for letting us spend several days on their front lawn.
The site has a spectacular view and was the former location of a vegetable garden which was used for decades. While we knew the site would be disturbed, previous reports indicated that there were undistributed deposits beneath the plow-zone. Unfortunately this has proven not to be the case and the entire deposit appears to have been affected by ploughing.
Regardless, we recovered enough animal remains to date the site accurately (we use terrestrial mammal bone for radiocarbon dating), and we found an array of decorated ceramics and chert (stone) artifacts. We didn’t recover enough animal bones to reconstruct the site’s subsistence patterns with certainty, but with a radiocarbon date and several diagnostic artifacts, we will be able to say much about how the site fits into Port Joli’s archeological sequence.