Silver Creek Archaeological Project: PIT and the Unexpected
Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest, Arizona, 1996
by Linda Martin, Heritage Program Manager
Being one of those people who hates to turn away PIT participants, I chose to meet the challenges of accepting 70 volunteers for our project this past May. Volunteers for the Silver Creek Archaeological Project assisted University of Arizona and Forest Service archaeologists in the excavation of pueblo villages dating to the late 1200s and early 1300s. In addition to the planned excavation activities, survey, GPS data collection, site mapping, and rock art recording were offered. Participants were divided into two crews, and, alternating between activities, everyone was able to “sample” a variety of archaeological techniques.
But, the real story came from Anne R. Lammert. “What started out as an effort to learn more about archaeological research became so much more,” she said. “Not only did I learn about mapping sites, documenting petroglyphs, and excavating; I also was able to tap my family roots. What an unexpected bonus from a wonderful PIT project.”
Family roots? The added activities took place in an area known as “Roundy Crossing.” Anne Roundy Lammert was able to research the place name and confirm a direct family tie. On May 28, 1996, Anne commemorated the 120th anniversary of a family event, which took place in the area.
Anne R. Lammert is a fifth-grade teacher in Thomaston, Maine, and received recognition during the project as one of those traveling the greatest distance to participate.