by Courtney Crum
My internship with Florida Public Archaeology Network (FPAN) started off with a Bang! Just one week into my internship, St. Augustine celebrated its 450th Anniversary. FPAN participated in the 450th Celebration Kid Zone with many activities for children, and adults, to learn about local archaeology. Our activities included building a miniature Fort Mose or Castillo de San Marco out of logs or bricks, playing a board game which allowed them to travel along the timeline of the history of St. Augustine, mapping an anchor, and reconstructing pottery sherds back into a whole piece. The Kid Zone also included a play area which included misting fans and chairs for the adults, and a Dog Stop, providing hydration for out four legged visitors.
After the celebration of the 450th anniversary, I began an inventory of the ceramics which FPAN has in their collection. This will allow for better tracking of the artifacts, and make them more easily ready to be transported to events and workshops. In addition, I have been collecting information on the different types of ceramics in the collection, to create flashcards providing additional background on each type of ceramic to make the information easier to access and share at events. In addition, I examined artifacts to be used in an upcoming Artifact Analysis class at Flagler College, attempting to determine if any of the pieces could come together to create a new addition to our reconstructing pottery children’s activity.
I was lucky enough to join two renowned archaeologists in the field. First, I joined St. Augustine City Archaeologist Carl Halbirt and his crew for two days while they were working on shovel test pits prior to the construction of postholes for the new gate at Tolomato Cemetery. I also joined Dr. Kathleen Deagan’s crew at the Fountain of Youth, continuing the excavation started in May.