Since the beginning of June, archaeologists and volunteers have been digging around the Wing Fort House on Spring Hill Road in East Sandwich, trying to find artifacts and clues as to how the Wing family lived while the house was occupied.
The house dates back to 1641. Its grounds have so far revealed evidence of occupation dating back 2,000 to 3,000 years. Workers have uncovered Native American spear points and post holes, suggesting that the grounds were inhabited long before the Wings called it home.
While archaeological work has been done on the grounds since 2006, the most recent dig was started at the request of the Wing family for their recent family reunion. Some members of the family even worked on the site while they were visiting Sandwich.
“We were looking for evidence of kitchen gardens,” said principal archaeologist Craig S. Chartier. “We found a cellar hole. Now we’re trying to figure out what it’s doing here. It’s a real mystery.”
Mr. Chartier expects that they have about a week to go until they complete the current project.
However, the end of this dig does not signify the end of archaeological work to be done at the house. Last week, ground-penetrating radar was brought to the site and it located three anomalies under the floorboards of a part of the house that is known to be an extension of the original building.
With the anomalies showing evidence of organic material, the speculation is that these are gravesites of Stephen Wing’s wife and two children, one of whom was killed during King Philip’s War.
“The family is really excited about this,” Mr. Chartier said. “It’s up to them to decide what to do with it. It’s their house and potentially their ancestors.”
Caretaker and archaeologist David Wheelock said he has consulted other archaeologists on the findings at the East Sandwich site, but said that if there are seven archaeologists involved there will be seven different interpretations of any findings.
“We don’t quite understand what we’re seeing just yet,” Mr. Wheelock said.