A couple of updates here, but first of all we’d like to announce that the Lattimer Archaeology Project will have a table set up at Eckley Miner’s Village Patch Town Day. The festival will run 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM this Saturday and Sunday, June 15th and 16th. Their website for the event can be found here.
The picture below shows some items we are preparing for display at our table.
In other news, we were rained out again today, but we didn’t let it bring us down. We had a great and productive day last Wednesday. We finished up Unit 1, which ended with the discovery of a 6″ sewer pipe. This is a occupational hazard, and not an uncommon occurrence in the field of archaeology! We are looking into historic maps and other documents to determine the chronology of infrastructure development into the town. Thinking back to a previous posting in which we discussed the biased observations of turn of the century visitors to the town, sanitation was a big issue, a grounds for judgement in their part. How and when did things change over the course of the following 100 years in Pardeesville? In other units we are still uncovering mysterious features. In Unit 2 we are delineating the remains of some outbuilding. In another we are digging through fine layers of coal dust and ash, layered in sequences. We are theorizing that it represents cycles of coal cracking then burning in the side yards of the house. We are hoping to find the earliest yard surfaces deep below.
We were lucky on Wednesday to have some youthful energy helping us screen at the site. The picture below shows Tristan Hendricks in the foreground with James Kuzma and Teresa Robbins. Tristan helped us out on the Canal Street dig last year as well. See yous [sic] at Patch Town Days?