As the first month of my internship with FPAN comes to an end, I have been reflecting upon how much has occurred in such a short time. Within the past month, St. Augustine has celebrated its 450th Anniversary and played host to the visiting King Felip VI and Queen Letizia of Spain. FPAN participated in the 450th Celebration Kid Zone with many activities for children, and adults, to learn about local archaeology. Our activities included building a miniature Fort Mose or Castillo de San Marco out of logs or bricks, playing a board game which allowed them to travel along the timeline of the history of St. Augustine, mapping an anchor, and reconstructing pottery sherds back into a whole piece. The Kid Zone also included a play area which included misting fans and chairs for the adults, and a Dog Stop, providing hydration for out four legged visitors.
After the celebration of the 450th anniversary, I began an inventory of the ceramics which FPAN has in their collection. This will allow for better tracking of the artifacts, and make them more easily ready to be transported to events and workshops. In addition, I have been collecting information on the different types of ceramics in the collection, to create flashcards providing additional background on each type of ceramic to make the information easier to access and share at events. I have enjoyed being able to peruse the amazing collection of ceramics FPAN has in their collection, while learning about them in the process.
This past week, was a mixture of activities. I was lucky enough to work with St. Augustine City Archaeologist Carl Halbirt and his crew for two days while they were working on shovel test pits prior to the construction of postholes for the new gate at Tolomato Cemetery. I also examined artifacts, which will be used in an upcoming Artifact Analysis class at Flagler College, attempting to determine if any of the pieces could come together to create a new addition to our reconstructing pottery children’s activity. It is still a work in progress at this point, but I have located several pieces with the same pattern, and also completed the full rim of a plate.
I can't wait to see what the next month holds!
Text and photos by Courtney Crum, FPAN Staff.