Search for indian site C-052 on the Seru Teintje

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Seroe Teintje 20150716 021 smallAfter we searched in vain for indian site C-053 last week we wanted to check our luck on a search for the site C-052 on the side of the Seroe Teintje (Werbata) also known as Seru Treinchi (Kadaster). So we met at the parking lot of the Christoffel national park on Thursday July 16, 2015 at 8 AM; this time the group consisted of François, Fred, Eddy, Hetty and me. We went with one car to a place where a roi started that would lead us close to the location as given by Jay Haviser in his publication on "Amerindian Cultural Geography on Curaçao". Site C-053 as well as site C-052 are recorded by Juliana/Brenneker in 1968. Both sites have an approximate diameter of 25 meters with about 50 meter diameter random occurrence of shell and should contain shell, stone and ceramics.

We started our hike in a deep roi. After a while we found a construction consisting of several pillars each with holes in the side as if in the past wooden poles were placed in these holes to form a gate. Most probably these are the remnants of the fence of Koraal Mainsjie as can be seen on the Werbata map. 

We continued our hike and found a dam. Actually a strange dam because the water could flow underneath. Most probably the lower part of this dam eroded or collapsed and now there is a kind of bridge over the roi. A perfect opportunity for Fred to crawl underneath. That was more difficult than it looked because there appeared to be Wabi thorns on the ground. But he succeeded.

At the foot of the Seroe Teintje just beneath where the site should be we decided to form a broad line while going uphill to cover as much terrain as possible. I was at the leftmost end of the line with Fred to my right and the others even further to the right. Individually we went up the side of the mountain looking for traces of the indian site. When I arrived at the exact location of the site as taken from the map produced by Jay Haviser I went further to the left (North-East) while staying at approximately the same height. No success. What I did find or better said heard were bees so I decided to take the bug spray out of my backback. I warned Fred who did the same.  After searching a while we decided to go to the top of the Serou Teintje where we would meet the others. We both agreed that there were no traces of an indian site and also that this was not a logical location for an indian site. When we met with the others we learned that they also didn't find the site. Apparently the locations as shown on the map by Jay Haviser are not reliable. Hopefully there will be a better map of the locations of the indian sites otherwise they are 'lost' unless found again by accident.

We took our apple break on the top of the Seroe Teintje (Werbata) and continued to the top of the Seru Treinchi (Kadaster). The difference between the two tops is only a few meters which is probably within the accuracy of the used equipment at that time (1909 versus 1993). We descended at the Northern side of the mountain in the direction of two dams and a well that are visible on the Werbata map. But before we reached the dams we once again encountered the former fence of Koraal Mainsjie. We found similar pillars with holes in the side as before. 
François, Eddy and Hetty decided to take a break at that location underneath some trees while Fred and I continued in the direction of the dams. We found a large dam with a similar construction as the strange dam before but in this case the underside was still intact. Apparently first a lower dam was constructed and later the height of the dam was increased by building a new layer on top. The construction of that second layer is more robust than the first part of the dam so that it can hold its own weight even when the lower part collapsed as was the case with the first dam.
Closeby we found the stone well; on the inside wooden posts can be seen with iron bolts in some of them; apparently there was a kind of stairwell on the inside. Next to that well we found the remains of the second dam which was far smaller than the other one. Strangely enough even though it is a small dam it had small abutments as if it needed some extra strength to withstand the water. 

From there we walked back along the former fence of Koraal Mainsjie to the cars. On our way we found a large observation tower. The construction didn't look very sturdy anymore but Fred was prepared to risk his life to go to the top floor from where he could tell us how to proceed.

Not mentioned in this report up till now is that we saw impressive trees (Wayaka, Palu di sia, Brasia) and several blooming plants. It has rained several times in the past days and nature is using the water to form new leaves and to flower. So even though we didn't find our target, the indian site C-052, we had a very nice hike.