I was just watching a show on archaeologists excavating WWII battle sites, trying to find out how the people there lived, what equipment was there, what was left behind… It’s really amazing that basic information on military battles 65 years ago have basically no real information out them, no records, nothing besides who won, who lost.
That led me to think about what we’re doing at Haven Hill. Much of what we’re doing is researching and exploring a site which, for all practical purposes, was abandoned 70 years ago. For the people who built it, it was just another job (although a big one). They didn’t need records once the work was done. For the people who lived and worked there, it was just the place they lived or worked.
Whether a WWII battlefield or Haven Hill, there were secrets kept for security reasons. Both had plenty of people present at the time of interest, but none of those people bothered paying attention to the stuff archaeologists look for. In both cases, those who are still alive, and after so many years, there aren’t many, have memories of the site, but those memories have faded over the decades.
What is there today, what are you involved in right now, that archaeologists 65-70 years ago will be trying to re-discover? What should we be doing today to ensure that those decades, even centuries from now can find how things truly were today?