6-29-99, it started raining five minutes after we set up. And it
didn't stop until 10:30. So for the first part of the morning we
went up to the lab and had another slide show.
Since we believe that our current excavations are uncovering another house,
we looked at the site map from former excavations and discussed the house
patterns. These houses
are about 20 to 25 feet in diameter. They have outer walls with rounded
corners, and then four internal posts to hold up the roof.
One of the long-term goals of the Cherokee Archaeology Program at Warren
Wilson is to reconstruct two or three houses as well as a portion of the
This would be done using only aboriginal tools and materials such as stone
axes for cutting and cordage or sinew for latching the beams together.
We also had very distinguished guests
today. Dr. George Stuart and his wife Melinda visited the Warren
Wilson site. Dr. Stuart retired in December after 38 years with the
National Geographic Society. He recently has served as chairman of
the Committee for Research and Exploration.
Currently, he is in North Carolina developing and building a study center
for Archaeologists including a 10,000 volume library.