Knip - waterworks and indigo tank

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Knip 20141204 011 smallIn july 2010 the members of the then much smaller Working group Archaeology found a construction that we identified as an indigo tank. We based our search then on instructions from André Rancuret. It was one of the first indigo tanks that we had seen. In the meantime we have found a large number of indigo tanks. That also means that our knowledge about indigo tanks has increased since then. So on December 4, 2014 we decided to revisit this indigo tank to be sure that it indeed is what we thought it was.

We started our hike at the plantation house Knip where we parked our cars. From there we walked via the asphalt road and a reasonably well maintained path; first we came at the large watertank; this tank contains water at the moment; then we went on to the large stone Pos di pia; a pos di pia is the name for a well or water place where the water can be reached by foot. In this case stairs are built to the circular stone well. A similar pos di pia can be found near Fort Nassau in Punda.

From there we tried to find a large stone dam that is indicated on the Werbata map; there was an abundance of Palu di lechi and we had troubles to go in a straight line and when we finally had the dam in sight there appeared to be a bee nest; we had to go back and find another route. That brought us back to the pos di pia; from there we finally found another path to the stone dam. An impressive dam with a strange, very high watertank in the neighborhood. Fred was able to climb to the top of the tank to check that it indeed was a water tank; also there we found a lot of bees but we were able to avoid them.

We walked back to the path and from there we continued in the direction of the indigo tank; also that didn't go as we had planned. The path that we followed in 2010 was no longer accessible. We had to make an detour and that led to a very big surprise. Close to a well Michèle found the remnants of an indigo tank; not much left; the back wall of the middle tank, the left side of that tank and two corner pieces with IJsselstones and red watertight plaster; especially the IJsselstones and red plaster is enough proof that this is indeed an indigo tank. A great find!

We crossed a tanki (natural pos di pia) and went to the saliña behind Knip bay. There we entered the vegetation again to locate the indigo tank that we found in 2010. With the knowledge that we have now it became obvious that this is not an indigo tank. We were misled by the rectangular construction with a lower lying piece with red plaster. Closer inspection learned that the inside of the large rectangular construction has no watertight plaster and the lower lying section has absoluty no IJsselstones. Also the rectangular construction that we considered to be the large rotting tank is too large for its use. Most probably these are the remnants of a building with an attached water tank (the part with the red plaster).

We walked back along the asphalt road on special request from Carel so that he could look for unique plants on the side of the road.
A very interesting hike with a newly discovered indigo tank and an indigo tank that we had to classify as something else. All in all we still have the same number of known indigo tanks.