A few weeks ago we went looking for indian site C-053 in the Christoffel park close to Seru Christoffel Chikitu. We didn't find the site at the location that we derived from the map from Jay Haviser. Instead we found a second set of indigo tank systems for the plantation Savonet. One week later we went looking for another indian site C-052, also in the Christoffel park. Also that site was not found at the location on the map.
On Thursday July 30 we, François, Fred, Eddy, Hetty and I, went once again to the Christoffel park to look for the indian site C-053 at the location on the 'Cultuurhistorische waardekaart'. That map is produced to mark areas that are of a certain importance from an historical perspective. Also the indian sites are marked on that map. The location of the sires C-052 and C-053 differ from the location on the Jay Haviser map. We already know from experience with the C-060 site that this map is also not very accurate, but it was worth a try.
So we met at the parking lot of the Christoffel park. There we also met three people from the park, Wotty (ranger), Sabine (manager) and a volunteer; we would show them our find of the indigo tank systems. We drove with two cars through the park till the location close to the dam and indigo tank system. There we parked our cars. We first went to the ruin of the dam. There we found a large shell of a Kiwa. One shell is not enough to call it an indian site but we were hopeful after this first find.
We continued to the indigo tank systems. There we took a closer look at what we thought were the remnants of a third tank system. But Hetty showed us that it were more probably the remnants of a large circular well. And indeed the inside of the two parts were curved and not straight. This solved the problem that we didn't find a source of the water needed for the indigo production. It could have been that the dam created a large enough reservoir of water to be useful for the indigo production but the find of this well cleared the problem.
While Wotty, Sabine and the volunteer went back to Savonet, we continued our hike. We went in the direction of the center of the large circle that marks the C-053 site on the "Waardekaart". We spread over a broad front to cover a large area during our search but we came up empty. Not a single shell in the area, so no trace of an indian site. After a break we continued our search once again spread over a broad front on the other side of the large roi. But also there no trace of an indian site.
Back at the indigo tank systems we decided to go to the top of the Seru Hoba on the other side of the park road. That is still within the large circle around the sites C-053 and C-052, but also in that area we didn't find any shells. We had some trouble to reach the top of the Seru Hoba because there were dense fields of Infrou and also some Teku fields. The top itself appeared to be very small. Not enough room for all of us, so most of us took a break just next to the top. Only Hetty found a space at the top itself.
We descended on the Northern side of the hill; it was becoming quite hot and we were getting tired; also the vegetation was not cooperating so were glad when we finally reached the park road; from there it was a short walk to the car.
We didn't find the indian site C-053. So now we know that the site is not at the location marked on the map produced by Jay Haviser and we also know that the site is not at the location marked on the "Waardekaart". As I already said in my previous report that means that the sites are actually lost. Hopefully there is a map or database with more precise locations otherwise it will be hard to find the previously known indian sites. From a previous visit to indian site C-060 we know that there is a difference of 700 meters between the center of the circle on the "Waardekaart" and the actual location of C-060. The difference between the location of that same site on the Jay Haviser map and the actual location is 260 meters. If these difference are representative for the accuracy of the Waardekaart and the map produced by Jay Haviser, then it will be very difficult to locate the indian sites again.
On the map with the tracks the circles around the sites C-052 and site C-053 are shown; also the locations of the sites marked on the Jay Haviser map are shown on this map as C-052 target and C-053 target. The track in blue is from today's search; in green is the track from our search to site C-052 and in light blue the track of our previous search to C-053. Shown is the track that I have walked. Knowing that we spread over a broad front on all three searches shows how much area we have covered and still not found either one of the indian sites.
- In blue our hike; in green the search for C-052, in light blue our previous search for C-053 In blue our hike; in green the search for C-052, in light blue our previous search for C-053
- The car is parked; our guests are waiting The car is parked; our guests are waiting
- Flower of the Tamarind tree Flower of the Tamarind tree
- The dam The dam
- Large Kiwa shell Large Kiwa shell
- The same shell -uinderside The same shell -uinderside
- Part of the well near the indigo tank systems Part of the well near the indigo tank systems
- Detail of the well; water outlet Detail of the well; water outlet
- Another part of the well Another part of the well
- One of the two indigo tank systems One of the two indigo tank systems
- Wotty and Sabine in front of the indigo tank system Wotty and Sabine in front of the indigo tank system
- Part of an old pipe Part of an old pipe
- Empty shell of the Cicade Empty shell of the Cicade
- Inside of the cactus; the green flesh has gone Inside of the cactus; the green flesh has gone
- Large Brasia Large Brasia
- Impressive Tamarind tree behind the indigo tank systems Impressive Tamarind tree behind the indigo tank systems
- In the roi an large Manzaliña tree In the roi an large Manzaliña tree
- Field of ground Bromeliads Field of ground Bromeliads
- Flowers of the Shimaruku tree Flowers of the Shimaruku tree
- Parts of an old gin bottle Parts of an old gin bottle
- Hetty on the top of the Seru Hoba Hetty on the top of the Seru Hoba
- Barba di kadushi (Ball moss) Barba di kadushi (Ball moss)
- Rock with flint inclusion Rock with flint inclusion
- Sometimes we have to crawl - Eddy Sometimes we have to crawl - Eddy
- Fred is a bit smaller so he can still stand Fred is a bit smaller so he can still stand
- Makurá berries - very poisonous Makurá berries - very poisonous