Fort Warwick continues to reveal the past
Archaeologists from the University of Kentucky packed their tools of the trade and returned to Fort Warwick in Green Bank last weekend to dig for artifacts from years gone by.
The fort, which is located on Robert Sheetsﾒ land, has been the site of several digs and continues to attract certain archaeologists due to its historical significance, and the artifacts it contains.
Steven McBride, a member of the UK Program for Archaeological Research, returned for his fifth visit to the site.
ﾓItﾒs an interesting site, itﾒs well preserved from the frontier fort period,ﾔ he said. ﾓThe Revolutionary War deposits are in really good shape. Thereﾒs questions we have on the fortﾒs layout and architectural features within the fort that weﾒre trying to figure out. We came back to try to see if we can solve some of the mysteries we have.ﾔ
During the dig, the group focused on three sections of the fort site.
ﾓItﾒs been successful,ﾔ McBride said. ﾓWe came early in March and did some probing around with a soil corer and found some staining in the soil, particularly that red area where we found a burned pit. They probably had a pretty intensely hot fire in a pit. It severely burned the soil.ﾔ
McBride said they found artifacts including pottery, delftware, bottle glass, hand wrought nails, animal bones, melted lead possibly from bullet manufacturing and a shoe buckle.
Eighteen students from Pocahontas County High School assisted with the dig on Friday.