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!”