Archaeologists are always on work trying to find something from the past and evaluate its significance today. On a five day excavation, Binghamton University’s Public Archaeology Facility found some astonishing artifacts which include, parts of old aluminum that can pull tabs, bits of broken bottle glass.
However what they were exactly looking for was where The Who, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Janis Joplin and Joe Cocker cheered the crowds 49 years ago.
The project director Josh Anderson explains, “The overall point of this investigation is to kind of define the stage space…We can use this as a reference point, People can stand on that and look up at the hill and say, ‘Oh, this is where the performers were. Jimi Hendrix stood here and played his guitar at 8:30 in the morning.”
This site, Max Yasgur’s farm which is 80 miles away north from New York City is in the category on historical places on the National Register. The director of The Museum at Bethel Woods, Wade Lawrence says, “This is a significant historic site in American culture, one of the few peaceful events that gets commemorated from the 1960s”. The archaeologists will help make walking routes on the site for concert’s 50th anniversary which is in the year 2019.
The aerial shots already taken are not reliable enough to conclude the exact point where the concert took place. The exact place of the original ’69 stage is underneath a layer of trampled fill. However, the Archaeologists seem to have done their homework already. They have found the spot where wooden “peace fence” was in front of the stage and can match the photos to the specific spot on the field. This wooden piece can help them estimate where the corners of the stage were 49 years back.
The archeologist worked on the site and scraped the dirt. One of the archeologists named Paul Brown says, “It’s some science. It’s some guesswork, you hope that you get lucky.”
The artifacts such as pull tab will help the archaeologist determine the surface level of the concert which was 49 years ago. The report of the site by archeologists will also be added to the museum official records to restore the significance of the place.
People have already started visiting the place and also took pictures and explored the area. One of the people who visited the site, an old Woodstock veteran named Charles Maloney says, “There’s just something about this place that — and I’m not the only one — that draws people here, I mean, this area here could have 200 people. And you can still hear the silence.”
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