Time is getting tight at the Lattimer Canal Street Site! We have three days left for our the excavation. At this point we have found the majority of the discoveries we will make in the field. But we are hoping the next three days will help us clarify a few things.
1) We will explore an ice house or cold cellar in the far rear of the property built into the culm bank behind the house. It is constructed with thick walls of piled stone salvaged from the culm bank, and includes some deep chambers that burrow into the face of the bank. Cold air can be felt coming out of cracks in the rear of the cold cellar. At the moment we don’t know how old this structure is, nor how deep the floor is.
2) We will explore a feature related to the burned structure we identified in Test Units 4, 5 and 9. In the floor of Test Unit 4 we discovered a long ditch perpendicular to the stone foundation of the burned structure. It may have defined the rear edge of a raised portion of the house. Dark stains that may represent garbage and other organic waste lines the bottom of the feature.
3) We are exploring the foundation stones we found in Unit 3, in the northeast corner of the lot. We found that it extends perpendicular to the road, but we do not know how far. We are exploring details of this complex of features with another test unit. We hope to know more by the end of the week!