This year's field school projects will include the site of the old
"It was the symbol of not only the post, but of the larger American expansion," said
The annual field school gives graduate students at
Researchers were able to use old maps to locate the flagstaff, said
"There were some big magnetic anomalies" where they will be excavating on the Parade Ground this summer, Wilson said.
There also are some clues in the terrain that Wilson can point out. People who head out the front door of the Grant House and continue south will find themselves walking on a subtle hump in the Parade Ground.
The rise is the remnant of a road shown in one of those old maps, he said. It runs through a depression in the lawn, a clover-filled circle where grass doesn't grow.
The flagstaff project isn't just an academic exercise, Fort Vancouver Superintendent
"This is the first step in restoring the flagstaff," she said.
Recent field school digs have explored the site of the
Unlike the Proulx and Kaulehelehe digs, which must be accessed through a gate in a chain-link fence northwest of the
Maybe the students will find rocks or concrete that were used to anchor the staff. If they're lucky, Wilson said, they could find old pieces of metal -- hardware that was dismantled, tossed in the hole and buried after the site was cleared away.
Wilson and graduate student
On-site prep work began earlier this month.
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