|Excavation Starts at the William Kaulehelehe House Site (Block K) with|
the Reconstructed Village Houses and Silver Star Mountain in the background.
Some of the students are learning to excavate shovel tests (50 x 50 cm tests) along the southern border of the South Barracks portion of the Village. These tests are using paper and pencil forms. So far we have barely penetrated some fill deposits from the 1980s.
We plan to have the students visit Pearson Air Museum tomorrow to help celebrate the 76th anniversary memorial program of the Chkalov landing in Vancouver. This is an event we visited with the field school last year that was quite touching for the students. Participation in a "history program" will help demonstrate the significance of historical sites tied to events (or Criterion A of the National Register of Historic Places significance criteria) and how place-based history is tied to significant archaeological sites through the United States National Register. I hope to show that the significance of archaeological sites must also address other criteria of significance than Criterion D (transcending their ability to serve primarily as scientific data stores), but can embody remains tied to important events, people, and other aspects tied to National Register eligibility.