Digging Up The Past

As the building of our cabin progresses, the earth around it has begun to reveal stories from its past. We already knew that the EWL forest was farmland not-so-long ago, as there are rock walls criss-crossing the property and our forest is still young with a significant amount of underbrush (as trees mature and the canopy thickens, the underbrush is starved of light and dies away). We hoped to find evidence of indigenous activity and believe that we finally have.

Kunsang was digging in the dirt just a few yards from the cabin and found a significant accumulation of debitage, debris from the production of chipped stone tools. Drew immediately recognized it as such and upon further investigation also unearthed some charcoal.

A few days later, the boys found a second nearby site also with debitage and charcoal. Drew plans on inviting some archaeologist friends to come perform an official dig, and in the meantime, the sites have been names WI1 and WI2 for Windhorse International, the location of our property.

Also discovered was this ceramic mask inside one of the rock walls, which would be from a much later time period of course if, in fact, the debitage and charcoal were left by Native Americans. The boys drew pictures of the mask in their journals.

Finally, in our efforts to explore and document this piece of land from many different perspectives, Rick thought it would be useful to photograph EWL from his drone. For those of you who have never visited, here's your chance to see our slice of heaven from the sky. Enjoy!

The woods around the horse farm, Windhorse International, is Eastern Woodland Learning's classroom.

The deeper woods below the property where we are building the cabin.

The EWL tent.

Our students on the fence of the outdoor arena while Rick and Elizabeth control the drone in the background.