Sunday, August 9, 2009

Getting to Bottom of Postholes

Yesterday I wrote about the line of large structural postholes in the so-called Cemetery Locus. We did not excavate completely any of those postholes. Had we done so, I think we would have found something like what I had excavated at the 1660s-1680s Patuxent Point site in Calvert County in 1989/1990.

The drawing shows what two of these postholes looked like on the surface and then, below those planviews, what they looked like in section after one-half of each was excavated. The ring around the postmolds in both cases probably represent replacement of the original posts.

I found a similar arrangement at the Garrett's Chance site in Prince George's County, Maryland, several years ago. All six of those posts clearly had been replaced. (See, or just search on, select the Discoveries page, then Garrett's Chance). Garrett's Chance probably was occupied from the 1690s through 1720s.


PS. There will not be a lab day at Crownsville tomorrow (Monday). The crew will be working at my office.

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