Thursday, June 19, 2014

Awesome find from Unit 127 and Friday Field Lab

Continued excavations of Unit 127 revealed an intact stoneware vessel (pictured right). It appears to have been intentionally buried, as evidenced by the mixed fill surrounding it. The crew noticed fragments of turtle shell in the top portion of the vessel, along with what appears to be a key (pictured below). Though the key was removed, the remainder of the vessel and its contents will be extracted as one item. Once it's in the lab, we plan on using x-rays to determine the contents before any further steps are taken. Unfortunately, portions of the vessel are outside the boundaries of the unit, so the crew will need to open up a new unit in order to retrieve the vessel. Keep checking back here for more updates about this interesting feature!

Don't forget to come check out our Public Archaeology lab tomorrow, June 20th from 10 AM - 2 PM. The lab is free and open to the public, though we do ask that anyone under 16 be accompanied by an adult.

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