Sunday, July 26, 2009

Structural Features

We have opened all of Block 1, which consists of Units 3-6. Since opening all four units, we have exposed many more bricks and structural features. It appears that we have remnants of a chimney along with the adjacent chimney-fall, which has a very dark, ashy appearance.

The above photo shows Block 1, Unit 3 after all of the structural features were exposed. This shows a somewhat square shape to the articulated bricks and brick rubble.
The above photo shows Block 1 (bottom of level 1, 0-10 centimeters below surface). This photo displays the chimney remnants along with the chimney fall in the upper right 1/4 of the block.

Block 1 has yielded several features that we will begin removing after the overall Block 1 map is complete. Block 1 has yielded numerous artifacts including several types of ceramics, bottle and window glass, a spoon bowl (sans handle), a turpentine tool, pencil lead and a black- glass faceted cuff link or button. We are very excited to continue excavations in this area!

We have exposed several different pieces of sandstone in this area, which were likely used as piers or cornerstones for a structure. We have identified two sandstone slabs that are in aligment with eachother. Sandstone does not occur naturally in this area of the site though sandstone was readily available from a large outcropping located near the museum. The above photo shows the two sandstone slabs (one on the far right side of the photo and one on the far left).

Along with Block 1 we have also excavated several 1x2 meter units. Units 1-2 and 7-9 have been completely excavated and documented. We have begun backfilling these units so we can focus more attention on Block 1. We opened Unit 10, 1x1 meter, (shown to the left) over a partially exposed sandstone feature, which is located within a tree-fall depression. Based on the resistivity data, it appears that this sandstone feature may be the anomaly identified in this area of the grid.

We have been lucky to have plenty of visitors recently! Dr. Matt Clavin, UWF History Department, has brought out two different groups of teachers from all over the country. The teachers are participating in a workshop about African-American history. We've also had visitors from our very own UWF Archaeology Institute! We have two weeks left before field school officially ends, so if you can't make it out to see us please continue to follow our progress here on the blog!!!

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