By Lorin Brace and Amanda Roach
On October 20th gray skies once again extended over Roosevelt Park as our field methods class began Day 6 of excavations. Today, however, a new team of individuals walked with us over the length of the park, this new eye that peered over our excavation units as the day progressed was a media team from Science Magazine. Their presence added to the day a healthy motivation and excitement to share archaeological knowledge with the public.
Students prepare to excavate Area 1
This week In Area 1 Lot 3, further advancement of the excavation unit exposed some interesting deposits. A number of different contexts and artifact concentrations were appearing throughout the unit. There was a very concentrated deposit of iron and nails embedded into the East wall as well as a concentration of bone and ceramic in the North. In addition to this their previous context layers started to reveal more evidence of an ash deposit in the north end of the unit.
Students excavate the different deposits in Lot 3
The two units in Lot 4 continue to exhibit many differences, despite their proximity. Unit 2 includes a large ashy burn layer with a large concentration of nails and architectural material, while Unit 1 contains multiple features with a wide range of artifacts.
In Area 2, Lot 10 the team continued excavation of an architectural feature of a reasoned to be demolished wall. Below this was a distinct line that separated two contexts in the unit. A large Ash layer RP 74 was located in the Eastern region of the unit, separated by a fairly straight line delimiting a separate context RP 75.
In Lot 11 the excavation of the 1x2m started to break through the clay layer and reveal artifactual finds. There was a concentration of iron nails, brick, and coal throughout the unit. Alongside these finds, fairly large animal bone deposits were located in the east and north regions of the unit. The team is also continuing to investigate a clay formation in the Southwest.
Lot 12 finished excavating the Southern half of their unit down on top of the features that were visible in the North half. In total there were three distinct features identified in the floor of the unit. Feature 16 is particularly interesting, and appears to be some sort of trench that runs parallel to the house lot boundaries.