Day 19: The Work After Fieldwork

The picture above shows artifacts from several different test units after being washed. In the last few weeks we have accumulated a tremendous amount of artifacts. When there is a particularly exciting find there is always a little commotion around the site and it is shown around, but most of them get a quick glance before they are placed, dirt still clinging to their surfaces, into carefully labelled bags. These bags have been accumulating in our house, awaiting the next step in which they will be cleaned, rebagged and transported back to our lab.

Today, with storms threatening us all morning, we took the opportunity to wash some artifacts. We do this carefully, with old toothbrushes and basins of water. Artifacts in this photo can be seen piled up on tags identifying where they were found at the site. They are then left to dry for a few days. In the photo above you may see an artifact in the bottom left corner we showed on the site a couple weeks ago, a porcelain duck head. Next to it are film canisters holding the base of an early lightbulb. A chunk of shoe leather, likely from a miner’s boot, sits adjacent to this. Above all this is a mass of rusted nails.

Once catalogued and analyzed we will use them to learn about how people decorated their houses, when they first were given electricity, what they built their houses out of, and many other things. All this will begin after the fieldwork is over.


About LM Project

The LMP is a collaborative endeavor which aims to recognize the events surrounding the Lattimer Massacre, an incident that changed the labor movement and impacted the world by bringing to light economic disparities and ethnic tensions in the anthracite region of PA.
This entry was posted in Archaeology, Artifacts. Bookmark the permalink.

1 Response to Day 19: The Work After Fieldwork

  1. I think your blog is dog-gone awesome! So I have nominated you for the Beautiful Blogger Award. You don’t have to accept it if you don’t want to but know I for one, love your blog. To see the rules on accepting it go here ( Keep up the great work!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s