A Day on Pleasant Island

July 27th, 2009

Tree
The Woo crew in front of one of the larger cedars we found.

Today we took a skiff over to Pleasant Island to core some older cedars. Our guide and captain for the day was Wayne, an archeologist in the area. We found many huge and old cedar trees after a relatively easy hike to the site. Colin managed to get many cores to bolster his chronology for his IS.

Skiff
Dr. Wiles and Wayne help secure the skiff after landing on Pleasant Island.

Coring
Wayne looks on as Dr. Wiles and Kelly core a large, old and dead cedar. The cedar remain standing long after death.

Also interesting was a dendroarchaeological point of interest: we found several cedar that had their bark stripped by (we think) the Tlingit. Colin’s careful analysis will help us to know the year it was stripped for sure.

Adze
A dead yellow cedar that has had its bark stripped. Wayne thinks the markings were likely made by an adze.

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