Day 4 of Digging…

We had a relaxing weekend and even got a chance to wash some of the artifacts from the STPs on Sunday. A lot of artifacts are coming out. We almost have an entire artifacts box full and we have been digging 4 days.

Today was a perfect digging day on Nantucket. We have 6 excavation units open right now with several features going. Mike and Kate J excavated a pipe trench running through their unit, which is West of the Higginbotham House Sunporch. The dirt in the trench is significantly lighter than the surrounding dirt and is probably re-deposited subsoil.

Kate D. and Marisa continued too dig Excavation Unit 2 East of the cottage and found several buttons as well as much typical 19th century domestic trash. The layers in this unit, seems to be similar, but not conforming exactly to the stratigraphy found in STP1, which is just a few feet off. They dug down to 57cmbs and they expect a large midden-ish level soon…

Teresa dug through layer 2 in EU3, against the West side of the Higginbotham House. The layer went down to about 28cmbd and cut toward the house, like a garden might be. At the base of layer 2 there were a lot of large artifacts, such as half of an 18th century slip-decorated redware bowl.

Dave spent the morning doing a detailed plan map of the paved surface in EU5 and after lunch Mike continued excavating in this unit. The stratigraphy in this area seems somewhat complicated, but it appears that the mottled level seen in EU3 may have a corresponding layer here, in the southern part of the unit near the house.

Ashley excavating (at a level every 15 minutes…) EU6, which is a southern extension of EU1 which is 50 x 100 cm. She did this in order to expose a large unidentified metal object in the center of her unit which is associated with Feature 2, a pit dug to bury it. we don’t really have any idea what this thing is…our most recent pondering waver between car part and waffle iron☺

We hope to get out tomorrow too, but it looks like rain so we may be washing artifacts most of the day…

Find below a rough plan view of our excavation units so far as well as a picture of that unidentified metal objec tin EU1/EU6.

Site Excavation Units as of June 3rd 2008


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