Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Back At It

Another day at the Swann site and more interesting observations. We removed some recently deposited soil from a new unit (#81) and found a shell midden below that appears to date to around the middle of the 19th century. It capped a non-shell midden that included a fair amount of bone and artifacts dating to the first half of the 19th century, which in turn rested on culturally sterile gravelly clay loam.

We can't say for sure that this is the James A. Swann oyster house/restaurant, but the artifacts certainly are consistent with that attribution.

I will not be on site tomorrow, but Pete, Anne, and Kelley will be there and volunteers, as always, are welcome. We are getting close to tackling the stone foundation that is just a few feet from our current unit, #82.

The weather forecast for Thursday is not promising, so watch the blog if you are interested in visiting or participating.


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