Unlike all of the other sites that I have visited, Fish Creek hasn’t really been studied. There is a basic map that shows the locations of five mounds. And there are bits and pieces of artifacts that have been surface collected. But that’s about it.
The site is deep in the woods, on land that frequently floods, is teeming with hungry mosquitoes and lies adjacent to dilapidated camps that are waiting to be restored. In fact, the whole place seems to be waiting, patiently but not expectantly. As if it is completely content to sit there quietly, unstudied and unknown, forever.
Beneath the layers of molding leaves are small flakes that were possibly leftover from the making of projectile points. Armadillos dig holes and uncover fragments of pottery which are then left at their doorsteps. Mixed in with the loose gravel along the washes are sharp slivers of stone, too sharp to be in their natural states. These are all just hints at the larger answers that await archaeologist Jeff Girard as he begins his study of the site.
Without any useful knowledge to add to the endeavor, I get to observe as modern-day science stirs the ghosts of this ancient site. It will be so interesting to see what questions get answered … and what new ones crop up.
Jeff Girard strides across the Fish Creek site, GPS in hand.