A few highlights from our day. In TU3 we chased the concrete pad we mentioned in the last post to the south and east after excavating its profile. It appears to be a rather thin layer of concrete. We decided to investigate its size and shape before punching through it.
In Units 1 and 2 we excavated below layers of rubble and fill. We are now entering into deeper soils with artifacts dating back to the early 20th century. We will need a couple days before we will know exactly what is happening in these areas.
We had a visit from local resident and unofficial town historian Maurice Delorenzo. Maurice has been telling us stories about his 70 years of life in Pardeesville. Paul Shackel had the chance to conduct a 45 minute interview with Maurice. They talked about topics ranging from shanty house construction methods, the best recipe for tomato sauce and the Italian family’s relationship with their garden soil. We will post some excepts from that interview on this blog in the near future.
We had visits from other folks as well. Mike from the end of the block on Scamper Street had boasted to us the other day that he made, “the best coffee in Northeast Pennsylvania.” It piqued my interest. I inquired today, and he promptly returned to his house and returned with a thermos of excellent coffee. Suffice it to say, I am still abuzz…