Tuesday, June 12, 2012

A Rainy Start

Today was the first official day of excavation and it was a rainy one.  Despite the wet weather, we were still able to get in a little digging with the help of dedicated (and slightly damp) volunteers and a canopy.  We opened up a new unit behind 124 Elfreth's Alley just east of one of the test units from last summer.  We were able to excavate two layers of dirt before calling it a day due to the rain.  Both layers contained modern artifacts such as plastic plant tags.  The back lot of 124 contained brick planters during the 1950s.  Check out the Historic American Building Survey's website for a photograph of the of the planters and back lots of 124 and 126 Elfreth's Alley from 1959.

Brave volunteers in the rain.

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