Three years of excavations within and along the edge of the c. 1678-1680 French Huguenot Redoubt have provided new clues to the size and internal structure of the fortification. During 2016 -2018 at a depth of over 1 meter, we located evidence for poteaux-en-terre (post in ground) structures along the inside of the north wall. These may have been built onto the fortification, or they may have been free-standing within the Redoubt. During the 2018 field season, and with help from the SUNY New Paltz Geology Department, we located the southwest corner of the Redoubt. The southwest corner trench contained Dutch majolica, small red Dutch bricks and hand-wrought nails. Excavations inside the north wall of the Redoubt and just south of the DuBois Fort located European ceramics, architectural elements, personal items, military artifacts, and of course food remains.
In addition to being the an Associate Professor in the Anthropology Department at SUNY New Paltz, Dr. Diamond instructs the Archaeology Field School at SUNY New Paltz, which performs annual archeological digs on Huguenot Street. He received his Ph.D. from SUNY Albany.
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