Daniel Zulandt's M.A. thesis (Zulandt 2010 - available online here) contains plan maps of the 1957 and 1958 excavations at the Zencor Village site (33-Fr-8) in Franklin County, Ohio. Those excavations exposed the remains of at least three post structures dating to somewhere in the period A.D. 500-1000. Raymond Baby and colleagues mentioned the existence of these structures in several short papers (e.g., Baby 1971; Baby and Shaffer 1957; Mays and Baby 1958), but with scant details:
"The remains of at least three houses . . . The structures represented by the postmolds were 25 to 36 feet in diameter, with an overlapping wall serving as an entrance. The postmolds averaged 0.6 feet in diameter and were set in the ground 1.5 feet deep and 2.5 feet apart" (Baby 1971:196).
The plan maps reproduced by Zulandt (2010:Figures 5, 6, and 7) show the post structures and their relationships to features at the site. I don't know that these maps were not available elsewhere prior to Zulandt's thesis, but this is the first place I have seen them and I think it is useful to point out their existence.
I already had an entry for the Zencor Village site in the database. In the next issues of the database, however, there will be one entry for each structure. The dimensions of each structure will be estimated from these drawings.
Figure 7 from Daniel Zulandt's thesis (Zulandt 2010:25), showing remains of structure in Area A' (this will be Structure 2227 in the database).
Figure 6 from Daniel Zulandt's thesis (Zulandt 2010:24) showing remains of structures in Area B (Structure 670 in the database) and Trench 1 (Structure 2212 in the database).
I've been invited to give a short presentation on the EWHADP for the DINAA (Digital Index of North American Archaeology) workshop that will be going on at the University of Tennessee this week. DINAA is operating through Open Context, which is a web-based, open access initiative that "reviews, edits, and publishes archaeological research data." It is possible that this site and the information it contains will eventually be linked to DINAA in some way or another. There could be several advantages to such a linkage. The most obvious one, of course, would be a general increase in the ease of access to information for everyone. Open access is good. Period.
I'm not yet sure exactly what I'm going to talk about. Since the site is new, I will probably focus on my motivations for creating it and what I hope it accomplishes. I will be able to give my opinions on the downside of the regionalization of research data and agendas and the upside of blurring the lines between regions by linking smaller scale datasets into larger ones. Whatever the specific content of my DINAA presentation, it will be a relief to talk for an entire 15 minutes without attempting to describe complex systems theory. Also, since it will be via Skype, I can wear slippers and be almost certain that I won't miss my connecting flight.
Andrew A. White