Thursday, August 6, 2009

Spectacle Island

Wednesday August 5, 2009

Today we made a trip to Spectacle Island, which got its name because, you guessed it, it looks like spectacles from over head. It was a bit overcast today today, but warm(around 75) and with a firm wind. This island was unlike any island that we have visited thus far in the course. The part of the beach that we observed was quite different from any beach I had been around before. It was full of debris that the powerful ocean had pushed onto shore. You could see all the different kinds of artifacts, old and new/glass and plate, all mixed together. Here we were split into different groups and were told to pick six by six feet dig sites to collect any glass or plate or, really, anything interesting for that matter and take notes on it.

At our groups first dig site, glass was majority of what we found. The rest was either clay or china from plates or maybe even mugs. The most common glass we found was clear, followed by green and brown. We did also find some small pieces and less amounts of orange, blue, turquoise, and yellow glass. Just outside of our dig site was a decent sized piece of pink glass that had a flower pattern on it and looked as though it was a piece of a plate, I found a second piece just a few feet from it. Some of the clay or china was thick and some was thin, they usually had some kind of pattern to it and almost all of them seemed to have a yellowish-orange stain to them probably due to the exposure to the salt water and the sun for so long.

Our second site was not a in a very good spot. We chose to go down closer to the water and Professor Berman pointed out to us that we had picked a spot that was smoother with less rock and debris because we were so much closer. Because of our poor location we did not find much. Many factors affected this area such as tide, wind, and current which pushed the debris further up the beach where high tide took place instead of the area of lower tide that we were in.

All in all it was a very fun day. I had a fabulous time with my group. Seeing all the different kinds of glass and pieces of china or mugs that we found was interesting. There are some that are probably pretty new to the island but also others that have probably been there longer than we have been alive. It makes you wonder whether they came from a bottle, plate, cup, table? How old is it? Did they come from Europe, Asia, Africa, or South America etc. It was a cool field trip and I enjoyed it.

-Ryan Santana