This year around, we are excavating the backyard of a company-built double-house on Yanac Street. We are really excited about this for a number of reasons. The last two field seasons, first on Canal Street in Lattimer and the second on Church/ Scamper Street in Pardeesville, we excavated worker-built shanties. From conversations with community members, artifact analysis and historic maps we think these structures dated to the 1880s at the earliest but more likely to the turn of the 20th century. The house we are examining this summer dates to the earliest period of construction in Pardeesville. From our sources, we think it dates to sometime around 1869 when the Pardee family built the town, then known as Lattimer No. 2. We are hoping to find artifacts and features connected to this early period of Pardeesville history. If possible we will find some evidence of the earliest inhabitants of the town. Also, when our analysis is done, we will be able to compare our findings here with the things we found at other sites. Little by little, a broader picture of the town’s history is being built through archaeology.
We have already had visits from some old friends and some new friends. It has been great. If you are in the neighborhood we would love it if you would stop by! Also, stay tuned for updates on how the field season progresses over the next five weeks.