Friday, August 7, 2009

Spectacle Island

I enjoyed today’s trip to Spectacle Island. I was surprised when we got to the Island and had a look at the beach; we saw a lot of glass and ceramic material. It was interesting to walk down the beach and pick up pieces of glass and try to figure out where it came from. I picked up a large smooth piece of ceramic which looked to me like it was from a toilet; also I found a piece of pottery that looked like it had the glaze worn away and just the clay was left.

After walking down the beach for awhile we set up shop on a bit of a point and closed off a little square and began to look closer at the beach and all of the glass. We found a lot of white and clear pieces but pink and red seemed to be the rarest. Also it was interesting that different parts of the beach seemed to have different sizes and they were in layers. Possibly the beach nut theory is one reason for this. The most interesting piece all day was a huge piece of red glass that was recovered. It was hard to determine where or what this was, but it was very interesting and very rare. It was a relatively short trip to the beach but we got a lot accomplished. We found out that some of this glass was from a shipwreck in the 1800’s and also some of the glass was from trash because the island used to be used as a dump. This was one of the most interesting things that I have done around the water in a long time, and I enjoyed the trip.

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