Carter and Joseph excavate a shovel test pit. These are half-meter square pits used to determine where to make a larger, more controlled excavation. The boys here have just uncovered the scapula of an ungulate. They also found a tooth that is probably from the same animal.
Most of our test pits yielded broken ceramics and glassware. The second pictures shows Joseph reaching way down into his test pit! Dirt is removed carefully with trowels, and a whisk broom is used to expose larger finds. Students learned to map the pit walls and take careful notes about soil color and texture.
These next shots show us working to piece together broken glassware taken from the Wyman Tavern site. Students sorted pieces by color and thickness, then tried to piece them together in the basement lab at the Historical Society of Cheshire County. We were able to match up quite a bit. Our excavations also yielded two intact bottles.
Thursday May, 15 at 07:31PM
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