Congratulations. I hope you are right. There will certainly be trash items in the soil that the NPS will be able to positively date your site.
Reminds me of the Miami Circle. Amazing stuff.
Did you find any broken glass or ceramics?
Congratulations Shawn, you finally found it! I can't wait to see the full research.
How far away is the site from paddleable water, coming up the New River?
How far away was the nearest airboat trail?
The 3 mound campsites are ID'd in the top right corner. This shows the entire ~15 mile paddle from Chokoloskee to "camp-able" mounds. The quality of camping in terms of dry space (in my opinion) is the lower SW site (just inside Big Cypress Preserve), followed by the NE site, followed by the middle "2 Canoe Camp."
Pavel might provide insight here also, we identified these together.
Caution: The lower SW site showed signs of improvement (coconut trees planted with fencing around them, cook stove and table). I reported this to park service and I hope they will clear it out so that it remains open to all and not someone's "Pet Camp" that they might be possessive of.
what's at NR6 & "3"?
Pavel will have to answer the "NR6," but it looks as though he is agreeing with me that the mound between the 2 lakes (with the curved arrow) is the better of the 3 sites (the table is on that mound, along with evidence of a long usage by some hunter/fisher group). "3" looks like the coordinates of "2 Canoe Camp", a dry area where we found (and reported) 2 canoes with FL numbers stashed in the mangroves. The site shows some clearing and a small tent could go in there, especially after the canoes are moved. Initially I thought it was just a stash site of someone who was stealing canoes and couldn't make it out, but on further investigation of GE, it looks like there are a couple of airboat trails that lead almost up to the canoes.
NR6 is just a waitpoint and number 3 is the Canoe Camp. Like Shawn said I think the best site is the hunting camp with table(white arrow).
Story in the news. http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/broward/fl-historic-fort-found-201...