|Gilt ring found at the William Kaulehelehe house site.|
The clay dipped further east into the hole requiring some time to clear. Surprisingly, a small ceramic sherd was found that has very
rounded edges. While the transferprint pattern is quite distinctive, the rounding and the small size of the object suggest that it may be an artifact that was subjected to a unique formation process after it was deposited. Another site associated with the Catholic Mission that we dug on City of Vancouver property about 9 years ago contained similar objects that we interpreted to be gastroliths, or gizzard stones, probably from chickens or some other domesticated fowl. Birds don't have teeth and to compensate for this, they injest small rocks and other objects (sometimes glass and sometimes ceramics) to help in grinding down their food. These gizzard stones have been found on archaeological sites before and give a clue, albeit diminutive in size, as to the presence and sometimes the processing of fowl.
|Gastrolith found at the |
William Kaulehelehe House Site
On a related note, the clay beneath the ring appears to contain a great deal of bird shot although it is unknown if this represents an area where birds were processed or simply the loss of many very small objects. In a small test of the clay, I found nearly 50 pieces of shot.
As we had some cloud cover today, I spent a bit of time cleaning up the features of Block K including the newly exposed clay-lined pit/trench and then took photographs to create a 3D model of the test trench. I made a short YouTube video that you may access at the link below.
|YouTube video of 3D Model of Block K|