The next day we met up with the Drs. McBride, archaeologists from University of Kentucky, at their field site. They were looking for archaeological evidence of Matthews Trading Post, an early store of the area. They even let us help them screen! We had a blast!
One structure was in pretty bad shape so we decided it was not datable. It was also not large enough to be a trading post, though it could have been built out of trading post logs.
(I bet you don't know what that's from. Googling it is cheating, by the way.)
Alright, I'll give you hint.
Shawn and I decided to collect a few samples from the barn and get preliminary dates. It was also constructed out of multiple tree species, so we wanted to get an ID on those as well.
The winner gets a no-expenses-paid trip to our next site to help us core! Hah. Seriously though, if you're one of those people who can look at bark and tell what the tree species is, please do share!
I am terrible at identifying trees by bark. Sometimes I am just as bad at identifying trees by cellular structure. I do my best identification when a log is still a tree, with leaves, and has a small plaque at the base with Latin words on it. Hah! I really am pretty bad at it. Not that bad though...
Please help! What species is this??
I'll try to get a better photo under the microscope for you all to see the cellular structure. This one was taken with my phone so It's not the best.
I can't wait to hear some suggestions! I can't figure it out!
*Thanks to Stephen and Kim McBride for letting us play archaeologist for the day! We had a blast. Thanks also to the property owner for letting us collect a few cores from the barn!*