Monday, June 8, 2009

New units

Today we had more sunshine, so we could continue our excavations. We finished our first three units, then opened two new units to further our search for the blacksmith and carriage shop. Data collected from test units helped us decide where to place these new units. So far we have recovered metal pieces, ceramic, and bottle glass among other artifacts all of which are good signs.

In regards to the question"what types of artifacts would you expect to find associated with a carriege shop". Basically we would be looking for artifacts such as horseshoes, horseshoe nails, bits, and possiby parts of bridels. That being said, according to an advertisment posted in the Port Tobbacco Times, George Atzerodt not only built carriges but also did blacksmithing.Therefore we are also looking for artifacts related to the blacksmithing such as slag,coal, and metal.

In other news, we will not be excavating tomorrow. Thanks to all of our wonderful volunteers who helped us today!

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