Students have been hard at work at the archeological dig at the Slocan Narrows Archaeological Site in the Slocan Valley.

Come visit Lemon Creek pithouse

Students from Hamilton and Selkirk Colleges are at the important Slocan Narrows Archaeological Site carefully excavating

Students from Hamilton and Selkirk Colleges are at the important Slocan Narrows Archaeological Site carefully excavating in one of the oldest and largest pithouses on the Interior Plateau.

Under the direction of Hamilton College’s Nathan Goodale and Alissa Nauman, the 11 students and two teaching assistants have been on-site since June 10. This is the fourth field school to be held at this site, the others taking place in 2000, 2009 and 2011.

Radio-carbon dating of a piece of charcoal recovered from this pithouse in 2009 indicates that it burned down about 2,750 years ago.  To put that date in perspective, it makes habitation of this pithouse contemporary with the founding of Rome by Romulus and Remus in 753 BC. But — except for its unusually large size — that is all that is known about the pithouse at this time.

Excavations this year are intended to expose a portion of the floor to search for clues as to how many people might have lived in it and what activities took place inside the house.

Was the pithouse occupied only once, or was it rebuilt several times?  Was there a ceremonial aspect to its use or was it strictly residential?  These and many other questions may be answered by what is found this year.

On Saturday, July 13, the archaeological field school is hosting a public open house at the site with small-group informative lectures by Goodale followed by guided tours of the site.

The open house takes place between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. with new guided tours beginning every 20 minutes until 1:30 p.m.. This event will be very interactive with lots of opportunity for you to ask questions.

A suggested donation of $10 will cover a BBQ lunch to be served by the Slocan Valley Heritage Trail Society with proceeds going to cover interpretive signage and other enhancements along the Slocan Valley Rail Trail.

To get to the site, park at the Slocan Valley Rail Trail’s Kennedy Road (Lemon Creek) trailhead and walk north along the level, scenic rail trail. Allow 15 minutes from the time you park to walk to the site. For further information call 250-355-2397.

 

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