students, their parents, Don Mitchell, and I met at Art Café in Island
at 7AM. I introduced the
students to the site of the Buen Consejo by showing them an iron
spike and some concretion that came from the area.
I also showed them the cannon ball which had been taken from
and explained the importance of not removing artefacts.
The scale, camera (and housing), slates, and GPS were shown
to the kids and their parents.
Mitchell did a brief introduction to the island’s history (in
1772) and together we explained how the Spaniards wrecked their
boats on the island.
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about 7:30 we left Art Café and carpooled to the road near Junks’
Hole (five vehicles). From
a vantage point, I explained where the vessel struck the coast and
enlisted several children to help record data (using the GPS and
slate). Nine children
and their parents spread out along the coast and we soon began to
find evidence of the wreck. Square
nails, iron pins, and various concretions (which may have been parts
of cases packed with pins but now impressions, were discovered among
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asked the children to imagine what the twisted, broken bits might
have been from and together we imagined the boxes of trade goods
that would have been part of the missionaries’ cargo.
We continued to work our way along the coast.
I explained some of the temporary datum points that the team
had used to mark the underwater part of the site.
At 9:15 we began to leave the site and reconvened at Art
Cafe. There, the
participants were invited to fill in archaeological record sheets to
document their discoveries and I showed them several images of the
site from underwater (as well as some of the other sites documented
during the survey).
finished about 10:30.
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kids can describe their experience better than I could.
The following report is by Megan Coburn , aged 14
arrived at the art cafe at 7. We
were then introduced to the site on paper and were shown various
tools such as GPS and underwater camera cases that can be used.
The case allowed for about 100m (approximately 300ft).
It was very exciting when we began identifying bolts, stakes,
nails, and even what we though looked like a pair of scissors.
As we progressed down the scraggly rocks the tide began to
spray and we were encouraged not to go too close lest we get wet.
I found it very interesting and would do it again in a
heartbeat not to mention we had great company.
Lily of course.”