Last updated: July 17, 2013
Whether we recognize it or not, humans have affected many landscapes. In previous blog entries, we discussed how the construction of interpretive huts in the 1920s and 1930s utilized 3ft poured-concrete foundations. These foundations altered the natural landscape. Another example that we uncovered this past week is a pit feature. In our previous brief discussion of stratigraphy, the term that archaeologists use to describe the relationship of different layers of soil, we noted that soil develops in distinct layers. When these layers are cut into and then refilled the distinct soil levels become mixed together, or "mottled" in archaeology jargon.
Despite not finding many interesting artifacts, we can tell that humans have affected the landscape at Muhlenberg's Brigade. It's possible that these modern disturbances, including the foundation and the pit, destroyed encampment era cultural resources, but we are hopeful to find traces of the 18th century as our work continues.