Sunday, July 13, 2014

Digging in the dirt - The Fort Laurens Archeological Dig

Archeology is not all about wearing fedoras and beating up Nazi's.  It's a long process that takes a keen eye and patience. Scrapping away at the ground inch by inch.  Currently at Fort Laurens, an excavation is underway to further understand how the people that occupied the fort had lived.  As of July 12th, 80 hours have been spent on digging up the area that was once the northeast bastion of the fort.  Much of the area was destroyed with the construction of the Ohio-Erie canal, but what they've found already is very interesting.   Animal bone, spent and unspent musket balls and even an arrow head from inhabitants of the area long before the fort was constructed.  The data being collected will be sent off for further study and analysis and I look forwarding to reading the report when it's published.

Revolution on the Tuscarawas 2014

I visited the Revolution on the Tuscarawas event on July 12 and like other years it didn't disappoint. The Brigade of the American Revolution was on hand to set up camp on the site that site that once was known as Fort Laurens.
Fort Laurens was the only fort built during the American Revolution on land that later became part of Ohio.  Every July, the brigade comes to remember those early Americans that had ventured to this outpost in an effort to engage the British out of Detroit.  Unfortunately, the year after the fort was build it had to be abandoned, leaving the remains of 13 soldiers behind.  I've said it before and I'll say it again.  If you ever happen to drive by Exit 93 on I-77 in NE Ohio, take a few minutes to stop by and check out this piece of the early American story.

This year, I tried to focus my picture taking more on the moments of the individuals rather then getting the action shots.  I of course got the actions ones too, but, I'm pretty happy with how they turned out.