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Chaos of Stones

Dairies 2010 [chronological order]

Thomas overlooking the stone chaos. Mysterious gap between the building and the occupancy of the 1961 castaways A well-filled sieve 

A little peek to see the statistics of frequency on our website. They tell me that we now routinely surpass the 1,000 visits per day or 1200 at times. Of course, not everyone has yet read the newspaper Tromelin 2010, but the difference between the previous months and now, about 400 visits per day, is put on the account of the current mission.

We have some feedback from families and we note with pleasure the interest of all our tribulations. We received yesterday a series of questions posed by students of the College of William Albert Lougnon (Reunion), transmitted by Catherine Decelle since 2006 following the progress of excavations Tromelin with different classes. Answers will be posted on the forum, as we have become accustomed.

The trade, which had taken over the past three days, easing off now, which means re-ventilation for the excavators. However, Philip, since the start of the mission, masterfully handles the tarps that protect us, somehow, from the sun.

The work on the site is less physical, most of the clearing was done, it is now time to collect statistical information on the occupation of the various sectors, to study sediment layers that indicate the chronology of occupations of the site and try to find the chronological order of construction of various buildings.

The study of the mysterious building confirms our first deductions: it has been built after the departure of the castaways on the island in 1776, and before the installation of the weather station, in 1954/1955, on a site not previously built and occupied by our shipwrecked in Madagascar. The speaking observation is the position of the threshold of the entrance of the building, reached today, which is found about 80 cm above the first level of occupancy of the castaways at the same place.

Now we have to undertake historical research to try to know who built this building.

The polls, carried out in other areas (usually an area of 1 m² each), permits finding some small objects: spoon copper fragments of Chinese porcelain, uniform button, bullet which continues the large family of objects already inventoried.

Tomorrow we have decided to make a point of the situation and establish a schedule that will take us until the end of the mission.

Tonight, watching the moon rising in the sky over Tromelin, we will have the opportunity to ponder the question asked by a student of the college Lougnon Albert: "What do you mean by chaos stone? »