If you'll remember last week, we were working on a refuse pit feature in Unit 150, on the private property adjacent to the Simpson property. We had ended the week with us uncovering a large iron concentration in the south half of Unit 150, which we called Section D of Feature 504. This week we dove right in on Unit 150, removing the majority of the iron concentration on Tuesday after spending Monday documenting the extent of this new feature section. The removal of this feature was a delicate procedure because iron artifacts exist in a state of equilibrium underground but become very fragile once exposed or disturbed. We documented each recognizable iron artifact before removal because of the real possibility that the artifact would not make it back to the lab for processing and conservation.When the iron artifacts were removed, many unfortunately did crumble into many indeterminate small iron fragments, due to extended exposure to moisture and air. However, due to our diligence, we have photographic documentation and some diagnostic features have been preserved, such as the two decorative handles adorning the pail.
|In Unit 150, undergraduate Robert Cornforth and graduate student Supervisor Dani Mount are excavating around the iron pail in order to remove it .|
|A close-up picture of the iron pail before its removal. Notice the fragile edges that have already begun to crumble.|
|The first bottle of many, from Feature 504 Section D with a complete maker's mark.|
The most exciting of the bottles is a bottle that has embossing on both sides. One side says L.L.Lyons & Co. and the other says New Orleans, LA. This was a bottle whose contents were manufactured or sold by a pharmacist between 1880 and 1900, in New Orleans.
|Here is the bottle, the embossing says L.L.Lyons & Co.|
|And the opposite side of this bottle says New Orleans, LA.|
|Here is an example of the artifacts from Feature 504 section A. The two ceramics in the upper left are porcelain, while all the bottles are clear or soda lime molded glass bottles.|
|Before removing the oil lamp from the feature, we took many pictures, just in case.|
|Units 153 and 155 with Feature 501, a pair of remnant brick piers and curtain wall, and Feature 462 section D and E, the brick floor and Feature 461 Section D, the burned wood floor.|
|Unit 152, with Feature 500, a remnant brick pier now wall, Feature 461 E, the burned wood floor of the basement and Feature 462 F, the brick floor underneath the wood floor!|