Friday, January 27, 2006

Welcome to Archeology

Ken Wild is aided in his research by a stream of interns and volunteers. He also has yearly field schools from the Anthropology Departments of the University of Syracuse, the University of Southern Maine, and the Maritime Studies Department from East Carolina University's underwater archeology program. This March, the Engineering Department of Maine University is returning again to help us map threatened historic structures in 3D. His current interns are Susanna Pershern, who is a graduate of St. Olaf College and has worked with Ken for three years, Mick Wigal who graduated from Centre College, and Ian Kaminski-Coughlin, an architectural intern from the University of Minnesota who is being sponsored by Barefoot Architects, Inc. The newest addition to the team is Andrew Connor, who is a student at Augsburg College. Susanna is currently working to organize the park archives and the cultural and biological collections. Ian is designing a 3D computer CAD model of the layout for the new museum exhibits and our working space at the Cinnamon Bay lab. Mick and Andrew are conducting mitigative archeology at Caneel Bay to gain insight into the significant prehistoric site and, possibly, one of the island's first European settlements dating to the late 1600s.


Susanna Pershern at the lab cataloging.

Computer 3-D Modeling of threatened ruins. This is a preservation method that we hope will provide a model for all to visit on their computer. It contains enough architectural information that if they collapse, the knowledge is preserved.

9 comments:

mike247worldwide said...

Welcome to the world of Blogs, Mick! Very nice first posting.

Anonymous said...

Hey Mick. Congratultions on this wonderful article. I shall follow your "diggings" as often as possible. This brings me much closer to you. Proud of you. Grandma

Anonymous said...

Mick,
I just had an opportunity to read your blogspot. It is extremely well written & very informative. Since we have worked as volunteers with you and Ken in early Dec., we are most interested in the new things you are doing & discovering. Keep up the great work!
Carol Thompson

Anonymous said...

Mick the blog looks great, I can't wait to see what info you and your fellow interns will add in the future. I am especially interested in the pre-history of St. John. When I was there all I heard about was the carib indians...care to comment?

Anonymous said...

I am wondering if Suzanna is the same suzanna I worked with in fall 2003. I believe she went to U of Tennessee for undergrad so they may not be the same person. I am Brady and would like to say hello to her and see how things are going.If you could relay this message to her and tell her to drop me an email, I would tremendously appreciate it.Say hello to Ken for me also.

Missing St. John so very much

cannonb2@msu.edu
Brady Cannon

Kazootie said...

We are in awe of the energy and perserverance it takes to do these tasks. Thanks for your work.
--St. John resident since 1973.

Megan Collins said...

Found ya. :-)

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