Archaeology in Adirondack mountains, USA


This video from North America is called La Guerre de sept ans – French and Indian War.

From the Saratogian in the USA:

SUNY Adirondack archaeology class to unearth parts of history in Fort Edward

Published: Sunday, July 07, 2013

By PAUL POST

FORT EDWARD — David Starbuck has a job offer that some people will travel hundreds of miles for and get paid absolutely nothing.

Their reward is unearthing a fascinating chapter in colonial American history and holding artifacts that no one has touched for more than 250 years.

That’s what participants in this year’s SUNY Adirondack Archaeological Field School will experience beginning Monday. Work will focus on a sutlers’ house where civilian merchants sold goods to the 15,000-plus British soldiers stationed at Fort Edward during the French and Indian War.

“It’s one of the most exciting military sites we’ve ever worked on in Fort Edward,” said Starbuck, an author and archaeology professor who founded the school in 1991. “There’s still a tremendous amount of material to discover. It’s got so much mystique.”

In the late 1750s, Fort Edward was still a frontier outpost and soldiers had very little entertainment while preparing to head north to engage the French for control of the North American continent.

At a sutlers’ house, soldiers could usually buy all the tobacco and alcohol they wanted, about the only forms of diversion available.

“We’ve found wine bottles, tobacco pipes, specialized drinking vessels and bowls; things you don’t find at most military camps,” Starbuck said.

The six-week school, which runs through Aug. 16, is returning to Fort Edward for the first time since 2010. For the past two years, classes were held at Fort William Henry in Lake George.

Starbuck likes to switch sites periodically to keep sessions fresh and exciting.

The sutlers’ house in Fort Edward was located about 200 feet from the actual wooden fort, on the east bank of the Hudson River. Many merchants probably set up shop nearby. However, it’s believed this particular sutlers’ house was the largest, measuring 40 feet by 20 feet with two stories and a fireplace on each end.

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