Fort Fisher

Fort Fisher
Fort Fisher, NE Bastion. Frank Vizetelly (National Geographic)

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Archaeology Work at North Carolina's Fort Caswell-- Part 2

Last year, I went out to Fort Caswell to take a look around, but it is on the grounds of a religious group which was having a meeting and entry was denied.

They are encountering problems, however, with World War I-era pipes and roads constructed yo the yop of the ruins.

Bricks indicate the original fort and lead pipes the 20th century.

Fort Caswell was constructed after the War of 1812 and designed to a medieval architecture with three drawbridges, a dry moat and a wet moat.  Though never attacked in a major action, the fort did play roles in the Civil War, Spanish-American War and both world wars.

The students are using grids with strings and they have found bits of ceramics, tools, glass and a lot of rusted metal.  Everything will be preserved and documented.

The site has a World War I rifle pit at Caswell Dunes on the NRHP.

--Old B-Runner


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