B.U. Archaeologist Digging Woodstock
Archaeologists from Binghamton University are digging at the site of the original Woodstock. According to ABC News, so far the group has only found can pull tabs and parts of broken glass bottles. But the main mission of the Binghamton University Public Archaeology Facility is to find exactly where the original stage was. The stage that held the three-day festival at Max Yasgur's Dairy Farm in Bethel, New York where Jimi Hendrix belted out the national anthem on his guitar. The Who, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Joe Cocker, and Janis Joplin were just some of the rockers all played for a crowd of about half a million people.
Next year marks the 50th anniversary of the three-day festival and organizers would like to find the stage that was covered over years ago so they can set up walking routes to the stage in time for the 50th-anniversary celebration. It would be cool if they found a pair of the big wired rimmed glasses that Janis Joplin used to wear, or maybe a guitar string the Carlos Santana broke while he was playing on stage.
The original Woodstock was held August 15th, 16th, and 17, and it ran over to Aug. 18th. In 1994 Woodstock 94 was held to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the original. It was billed as "2 More Days of Peace and Music".
Now, the property what was once Yasgur's farm is home of the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts. It still holds concerts and has a museum on site dedicated to the original festival. We can't wait to see what they have planned for the 50th anniversary next summer.
[via ABC News]