Porto Marie - East of the former plantation house

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Porto Marie 20140710 021 smallIn April of this year the archaeology sleuths visited the area South of the plantation house of Porto Marie. This time the area East of the former plantation house was visited. Also there a number of dams and wells or tankis can be found. A specific reason to look in this area and then especially the area in the neighborhood of the two wells that are visible on the Werbata map is the possibility that there indigo tanks could have been built in the past. Indigo tanks normally lie downwind of the plantation house and need water in the neigborhood. Downwind of the plantation house there are no wells, to the South we didn't find indigo tanks near the wells so an area South-East of the plantation house with wells would be a good second choice.

We parked our cars along the road to the beach and started our hike over one of the many dirt roads in this area. Next to the dirt road we found a drinking tank for cattle. It did look quite modern. We continued the dirt road to visit an earthen dam that is located partly parallel to the road. We continued on top of that dam till the end where a concrete dam head was found without any identification. Probably only the more modern LVV-dams have such an identification.
From there we went to the North till we crossed a second earthen dam. Also this one had a concrete dam head on each of both sides although the most Western one was broken. A strange thing that we noticed on the map is that this dam apparently is built between two rois. On the Western side of the dam a lot of erosion can be seen in the rocks. Apparently the water was flowing violently here. Why this dam was built between the two rois is unclear. Maybe to avoid spilling water over the area behind the dam. The two rois connect farther to the South and are then blocked by the first dam that we visited.
Another strange thing is a construction that we found close to the Eastern side of this dam. At first it looked like a large water tank but on closer inspection we found a rough inside of the construction, not similar to what we normally find in a water tank. Our conclusion is that it was built behind the dam to strengthen the dam.

We continued our hike to the two wells that are visible on the Werbata map. The first one appeared to be a almost round well with a nice stone inner wall.The well is deep enough to still contain water. In the neighborhood we found the remnants of a small drink tank for cattle.
From there we spread out to search the area for indigo tanks sowehere between the two wells. We found a concentration of lime stone which indicates that some construction has been here or that this place was used to store lime stones for construction. But we didn't find anything that remotely looked like an indigo tank. The second well on the map was in fact a natural water place (tanki). There we took a break.

We walked back to the first dam and from there we took another dirt road to a dam close to the border between Porto Marie and Daaibooi. We found a dam in that area but not at the spot that was indicated on the Werbata map. Fred, Hetty and I continued to the border wall or better said that what remained of that wall. It is only a broad path of stones in the sandy plane of the saliña of Daaibooi. On the Porto Marie side of the wall there was grass, on the Daaibooi side there was only sand.

That concluded our hike except that Fred, Hetty and I made a detour to the watch tower that overlooks the Porto Marie area. From that tower we had a nice view over Porto Marie. In the distance the church of St. Willibrord was visible.

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