Cas Abou - well, car wrecks and former habitation

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Cas Abou 20150903 055 smallOn Thursday September 3, 2015, we went once again to Cas Abou. This time we had three targets: to investigate a peculiar well, looking for former houses to the South of the plantation house and also looking for a large builing and former houses to the North of the plantation house. We had a special guest for this hike, Frensel Mercelina was joining us. Also Karel Aster was back after his vacation in The Netherlands. And of course the regular sleuths, François, Fred, Hetty, Eddy and I. 

The well was found during a previous hike in this area. It is peculiar because it has a strange ridge close to the bottom and it contains a pile of sand. To investigate this dry well, François had brought a 20 feet ladder. So for the first part of the hike we went through the vegetation with this ladder. The well was about 300 meters from the plantation house. Luckily the terrain was not too difficult to do with a ladder.
Arriving at the well we started by cleaning part of the rim from the overgrowth. We found out that we need an new tool for this. We already have a "Dirk pruner" but Frensel brought another useful tool, the "Frensel foldable saw". A good addition to our toolkit. After clearing the rim we positioned the ladder inside the well. It was just long enough. 

François was the first to enter the well followed by Fred and later Eddy. We decided that no more than three people at a time should be in the well so the others had to wait their turn. After thorough investigation we decided that the ridge was a natural phenomena, that the apparent building bricks in the ridge are most probably naturally formed sand stone bricks and that part of the side of the well consist of shale. The pile of sand came from a space along the outside of the well; combined with an opening at the bottom this caused sand from the surface to enter the well. This could be a failed well from the start because of the construction and the underground.

We went back to the plantation house with the ladder; we left it there for the remainder of our hike. After a break we went along the road to the South for two houses marked on the Werbata map. At the location of the first house we entered the vegetation. Soon we found several artifacts but no significant trace of a foundation. Strangely enough we found a Melongena shell and also a Conch shell; most probably a shell collector lived here.
We went back to the road to go to the second location where houses were. Here we found two car wrecks nicely parked next to each other as if they were left there by the owners when they moved away. We found the Chevrolet signature mark on two parts. We estimated at that time that these cars were from after the second world war. But Fred checked the Internet back home with the casting number that we found on one of the parts and discovered that at least one of the cars was from 1933. A respectable age.
After our traditional apple break around 10 AM near the car wrecks we continued our search for the houses; this time we were a bit more lucky. We found part of a floor, so there was definitely a house here. 

From there we went once again back to the parking lot in front of the plantation house to start the last part of our search. Close to the magazina a large building was shown on the Werbata map. That appeared to be a second magazina. One of the back walls was collapsed. Behind that wall an later extension was built which appeared to be toilets. 
We continued to the North in the direction where in the past a house should have been. We found a lot of artifacts but no foundations. But enough artifacts to conclude that here were one or more houses. 
While the others went back to the cars Hetty and I decided to cross an area that was cleared with a bulldozer; we found a large field of Sansevierias close to the road, clearly a sign of former habitation. When we entered the vegetation we found a large field of artifacts and then we saw the remnants of a kunuku house. Part of the walls still standing. Some steps led to the entrance. We also saw a number of upright Brasia trunks that were used in the construction of the walls. So this house was built in the traditional way. A good find to conclude our hike for this day.