On Thursday June 4 2015 the archaeology sleuths went to an area that borders on San Juan. In the past this area was part of the plantation San Juan, but in 1941 this areas was purchased by the grandfather of Chris Winkel, dr Pieter Hendrik "Gungu" Maal. François, Fred and I went to this area in 2010; there should be a vehicle from the second world war parked there. And indeed we found the remnants of a Cletrac (Cleveland tractor) there, parked in a shed next to a house.
There was a chance that there would be more vehicles from WWII but the problem is that this area is densely overgrown. François contacted Jacco Steffens of Skyworks, a company that owns a drone for surveys. Jacco and his partner Sabine Berger were willing to fly the drone over the area that we wanted to investigate. On the HD-film that was made during that survey several interesting structures were found. That made it possible for us to choose a route through this area that would lead us to the interesting places.
For this visit we were the guest of Chris Winkel as one of the current owners of this area for a renewed visit.
We parked our cars next to the house of Ping Rosa, aka Ron Rose and walked from there in the direction of one of the many dams that were constructed in this area since 1942. Along our way to the first main target, a large building, we found a foundation of a building that appears to have been an examination room. We found several medicine bottles, an Erlenmeyer and parts of an examination chair for gynecological examination.
The large building that we found next was a large water cellar. Next to it we found several wrecks. Recognizable were a truck and a 4-wheel trailer. Unknown if these date back to WWII. We found also the remnants of a plow made by John Deere. There was a bee's nest in the truck so we proceeded with care.
We continued to a large dam where we went looking for the overflow. That appeared to be an impressive structure with abutments to fortify the dam at that point and to regulate the flow of water over the dam. The dam was built in a roi. In that same roi before the dam is a deep well with still a bit of water. In that well we saw 7 iguanas that were very happy with this source of water. It is unknown how they will leave the well to get food. But for the time being they have at least water.
After a break we went on over the same dam to the next well. That well was not located at the spot indicated on the Kadaster map of 1993 but some 30 meters to the East.
Our next target was a house that was visible on the video from the drone. We found the remnants of a house with a water cellar and a water tank. There were also parts of an old toilet and an ever older toilet, a piss pot. In the same area we found a bottle of Bidú cola, a drink from Argentine that was bottled in the past in Curaçao.
It was getting later and hotter but we still wanted to go to the large tanki, known as Maal's tanki. This is a very large and deep water basin, excavated so deep to keep water at all times. But now it is dry. A clear indication of the dry years that we have had in the recent past. Nice detail is a well on one of the sides; the part that is normally underground is now visible.
After taking a long rest we went back to our cars; close to Maal's tanki we found a last well and inside that wall I saw a small turtle in the water at the bottom. It is known that in Maal's tanki turtles can be found. Maybe one of the turtles migrated to this well when the tanki fell dry.
- Our track through Roi Tabak Our track through Roi Tabak
- An old 1-cilinder engine An old 1-cilinder engine
- Detail of the 1-cilinder engine Detail of the 1-cilinder engine
- Field of indigo plants (dry) and a Wayaka (green) Field of indigo plants (dry) and a Wayaka (green)
- This is the area that we have to cross This is the area that we have to cross
- An Erlenmeyer flask An Erlenmeyer flask
- Soap and towel rack Soap and towel rack
- Parts of a chair for a gynecological exam Parts of a chair for a gynecological exam
- Other lab parts Other lab parts
- Medicine bottles Medicine bottles
- Even more Prickly pear cacti on our path Even more Prickly pear cacti on our path
- A large water cellar A large water cellar
- Fred tries to pass some vegetation around the water cellar Fred tries to pass some vegetation around the water cellar
- Inside of the water cellar Inside of the water cellar
- Another water tank Another water tank
- Fred 'walk's to the other side of the water tank Fred 'walk's to the other side of the water tank
- and enters the tank and enters the tank
- parts of several wrecks parts of several wrecks
- Closer inspection was not possible because of a bees nest Closer inspection was not possible because of a bees nest
- A 4 wheel trailer A 4 wheel trailer
- Part of a large buoy? Part of a large buoy?
- Bringamosa - be careful Bringamosa - be careful
- Wreck of a plow Wreck of a plow
- Plow made by John Deere Plow made by John Deere
- Part of the plow Part of the plow
- What to do next? What to do next?
- A well A well
- Dam with fortified overflow Dam with fortified overflow
- Fred takes an accurate waypoint on top of the dam Fred takes an accurate waypoint on top of the dam
- A goat is checking what we are doing A goat is checking what we are doing
- We take a break on the side of the roi We take a break on the side of the roi
- Another well Another well
- this well has water this well has water
- The roi seen from the well towards the dam The roi seen from the well towards the dam
- Inside the well are a lot of iguana Inside the well are a lot of iguana
- And yet another water tank And yet another water tank
- with a smaller tank on the outside for cattle with a smaller tank on the outside for cattle
- On our way to the next well On our way to the next well
- Well Well
- Cistern next to the remains of a house Cistern next to the remains of a house
- Parts of an old toilet Parts of an old toilet
- An even older toilet, a piss pot An even older toilet, a piss pot
- Bottle of Bidú cola - bottled in Curaçao Bottle of Bidú cola - bottled in Curaçao
- Watertank next to the house Watertank next to the house
- We near the large tanki We near the large tanki
- This tanki is huge This tanki is huge
- View on the normally underground part outside of a well View on the normally underground part outside of a well
- Last well that we found - this one had a small turtle inside Last well that we found - this one had a small turtle inside