It was onto a new project. I find that I’m pretty restless. I hate sitting still, and I feel unfulfilled being in the same place for long periods of time. For right now, my career as an archaeologist seems to be the right fit for me.
From Colorado, I stopped home, and then it was off to the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. They have taken me on as a North American Archaeology Laboratory Research Intern, and fieldwork began immediately off the coast of Georgia, USA.
St. Catherines Island is a barrier island about the size of Manhattan. The island, however, is privately owned by the St. Catherines Island Foundation. While Manhattan has a population of 1,619,000 (according to Wikipedia) today, there are only two permanent resident of St. Catherines Island. The island hosts a number of scientific research programs, and any number of scholars can also be found studying on SCI. It is about a half hour from the mainland by boat.
There were three plantations on the island in historical times. Pictured above is one of the old barns that we use for equipment storage.
The remains of the old cotton gin, however, lies in ruins.
While we study on the island, we live in restored slave quarters.
The insides are obviously much different today than how they looked in the antebellum period.
It’s actually a rather cozy space. I am particularly fond of the ceilings and the fireplaces.
more about the island’s history:
The island is also the location of the Button Gwinnett house. Button Gwinnett was the representative from Georgia to the Continental Congress and is the first signature on the left side of the Declaration of Independence. He leased the island in 1766.
St. Catherines Island was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1969.
When the gnats weren’t too bad, I spent sunsets on the Gwinnett house dock.
Often, I would see dolphins swimming from this adirondack chair.
On our days off, we explored the island’s beaches.
North Beach has a particularly interesting metal feature – apparently it’s an oyster boiler.
Anyone happen to know what this is?
The driftwood we found was quite spectacular
and in great abundance. St. Catherines is one of the more interesting places I’ve been.
and one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been.