On Thursday May 28 the archaeology sleuths went to Cas Abou. We parked our cars next to the plantation house. Of course also this time we asked permission to enter the plantation and we got the permission from APC (Algemeen Pensioenfonds Curaça).
I made a quick tour around the plantation house to take pictures. The house is uninhabited but in rather good condition. Next to the plantation house is the magazina. This looks as a rather modern part; completely different from other magazinas near plantation houses. It is currently divided in multiple storage units each with its own door.
When everybody was present, a small group and one guest, Chris Winkel, we went in the direction of the salt pans. We tried to follow an old dirt road that is present on the Werbata map, but we couldn't find it in the vegetation, so we just went via a roi in a more or less straight line to the salt pans. The vegetation was rather open although we encountered a lot of Prickly pear cacti. Never fun to walk through.
We passed a modern building that made us wonder why it was built there in the middle of nowhere. It was constructed with a flat concrete floor and a roof supported by steel beams; the sides were formed by large containers that served as storage units. Apparantly never used and now abandoned; seems a pure waste of a lot of money.
The salt pans were completely dry and don't contain any salt. Apparently these pans don't floood anymore. We didn't have the time to explore this region because we wanted to walk along the border between Cas Abou and San Juan where we hoped to find a pale as part of the former border. We left the plains around the saltpans and went back into the vegetation. Our first goal was a dam and tanki in the roi between the border and the salt pans; the tanki was quickly found; also completely dry. We searched for an indigo tank around this tanki because this would be a good location to build one. When we found nothing we went in the direction of the dam. It is an earthen dam longer than indicated on the map. We took our traditional apple break where the dam crossed the roi. Then we continued in the direction of the border between the two plantations.
The border is clearly visible; there is still a dry-stone wall although with some gaps. Sometimes high sometimes low (probably collapsed over time). We followed this dry-stone wall in Easterly direction. At a certain point this border should turn more to East-North-East but to our surprise this didn't happen. Instead there was a sharp corner in the wall where according to the map a green wall (could be a fence but also a dry-stone wall) met the border wall. No continuation of the border wall itself. And there in the missing border Chris found two pillars of what appeared to be the former border gate in the dirt road from Cas Abou to San Juan. Each pillar had two IJsselbricks with a text engraved. The left pillar as seen from the Cas Abou side contains the text "Gr St Jan" and the right pillar the text "Oost trankeer" meaning the Eastern border of San Juan. This was more than we expected to find.
I tried to follow the border in the direction as shown on the map but couldn't find a trace of the dry-stone wall that was so clearly present before. We didn't have enough time to look further for the missing border wall. We wanted to celebrate a birthday at Dokterstuin, a good tradtion amongst the archaeology sleuths. And this time it was my own 65th birthday. A bit overdue because of my vacation but no less pleasant.
- Plantation house Cas Abou Plantation house Cas Abou
- Plantation house Cas Abou with water building Plantation house Cas Abou with water building
- A tired Iguana A tired Iguana
- This Prickly pear has nice fruits This Prickly pear has nice fruits
- Top of the Seru wea di awa (moutain of the water kettle) Top of the Seru wea di awa (moutain of the water kettle)
- Flowers of the Oliba Flowers of the Oliba
- Round structure of limestone rock Round structure of limestone rock
- The salt pans of Cas Abou The salt pans of Cas Abou
- This cactus embraces a Palu di sia This cactus embraces a Palu di sia
- Carel in the tanki Carel in the tanki
- Three times a Palu di sia Three times a Palu di sia
- Palu di sia on top of the dam Palu di sia on top of the dam
- The roi that is blocked by the dam The roi that is blocked by the dam
- Time for an apple on the side of the roi Time for an apple on the side of the roi
- Border wall between Cas Abou and San Juan Border wall between Cas Abou and San Juan
- Chris discovers the border gate Chris discovers the border gate
- Each pillar has an inscription carved in IJssel stones Each pillar has an inscription carved in IJssel stones
- Gr St Jan (Large Saint Jan) Gr St Jan (Large Saint Jan)
- Oost Trankeer (East borderline) Oost Trankeer (East borderline)
- The border gate The border gate
- The left pillar The left pillar
- The right pillar The right pillar
- A tool A tool
- Birthday party at Doktertuin after the hike Birthday party at Doktertuin after the hike