The Suicide Bend 6 Site Excavation on the Manistee River
Huron-Manistee National Forest, Michigan, 2016
by Russell Snyder, Forest Archaeologist
Suicide Bend in the Manistee River
The 2016 Huron-Manistee National
Forests Passport-In-Time project was a resounding success! The Suicide Bend 6 Excavation project was
held over a two week period with twelve PIT Volunteers assisting Forest Service
personnel in excavating a Late Woodland period site. PIT Volunteers excavated a 2 x 2 x 1 meter
unit, a 1 x 1 x 0.80 meter unit, three 1 x 1 x 0.50 meter units, and a 1 x 1 x
.040 meter unit. They also assisted with
the excavation of a geological sampling unit.
Volunteers uncovered an abundance of lithic debitage (flakes) and
pottery. They also discovered a possible
hearth feature and rock alignment. Everyone
got to observe how to take soil samples for testing (both flotation and Optically
Stimulated Luminescence (OSL) for dating).
The Volunteers also worked on washing and sorting artifacts as well as
processing flotation samples.
The PIT Volunteers, on the first
day of their session, were treated to an interpretive tour of the Chittenden
Nursery and a visit to Tippy Dam. They
were also treated to brats and libations on the first evening of each session,
while on the last Thursday of each session everyone contributed to a pot-luck
dinner. Everyone had a good time, and
the weather mostly cooperated with us.
The Huron-Manistee National Forests and Assistant Forest Archaeologist
wish to say to all our PIT Volunteers “Thank you again for helping us
accomplish this project!”