Tuesday, March 10, 2009


Yes, it is a Civil War era encampment...a few lead projectiles, caps, and horseshoes...lots of horseshoes and horseshoe nails. A cavalry unit likely occupied the site above the village of Port Tobacco late in the war.

We aren't done yet...another day should do it. We will have shovel tested the entire site, mapped it, and conducted metal detecting across most of it. The site has been metal detected at least since 1990, but the hunters left most of the iron artifacts behind. As a result, we may be able to identify one or more structures from the nails and perhaps a corral in which the horses were kept.

Of course, we are weeks away from completing an analysis of the material. But soon, very soon.

Enough for now...pizza is on the way and the Charles County Archaeological Chapter meets tonight here at Port Tobacco at 7:30PM.


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