Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Added close up, as big as I could get it:

Alright, we need help. From time to time, and more often than most archaeologists would like to admit, we don't know exactly what we're looking at.

The St. Johns River Management District called us to come take a look at possible cemetery sites and get them recorded on the state's master site file. We got out in rural Putnam County when we found this first candidate for "What is it?" Wednesdays.


We have a guess but want to hear from you!

Here's my field notes for more details:

Feature found in rural Putnam county on SJRWMD land, not associated with any known historic site. "Cross" is different material, softer sandstone and broken off on the ends. In the back there are three bricks propped behind it and the cement is set across the entire back. Slab is roughly 60 x 75 cm and headstone height is also 60 cm. Feature was oriented E-W on the dot, and we found more letters. "M" at the top as you can see, "Colob" in situ, and then we found a "U" and an "N". Short slab could probably just what they were able to "borrow", but land manager also asked if it could be an infant or a pet. No Colobun's listed at Putnam historical society.

4 Responses so far.

  1. Daniel says:

    Would it be possible to link to larger images? Might help in figuring it out.


  2. S N B says:

    How far back do the Putnam records go and was it part of another county once?

  3. That's a good question about the Putnam county records. The vinyl lettering doesn't look that old (20th century at least) but I'll explore other county records. And Daniel, I can try and post a bigger picture. There is actually a pen in the first photo to give a little scale.

    I think it's a borrowed out window archway, because why would a headstone need a keystone unless it was going to support weight above? Could be for a person, but its so short. May not correlate to what's below, but a pet is a feasible interpretation.


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