Thursday, June 28, 2012

Update - 28 June 2012

Our third week is underway and we are continuing our progress.

So far we have been focusing primarily on Units 4 and 7 this week. Unit 7 is located along the east edge of the property line of 124 Elfreth’s Alley towards the back of the lot. At this point, we have excavated the modern sand fill below the bricks which was put down to level the bricks and grade the courtyard. The sand fill does not have much in the way of cultural material or artifacts. Unit 7 has a lot more organic material and roots than the other units due to its location next to the garden wall close to a tree in 122 Elfreth’s Alley. We are now starting to encounter a layer with many brick fragments; this layer may be associated with the destruction of the nineteenth century structure that was located in the back of the lot and was torn down in the mid-twentieth century. We have recovered many artifacts from this layer including many nails and fragments of flowerpots.

Sherds of flowerpots.

A part of a flower pot in situ or in place.

Unit 6 is located in the pathway between 124 and 126 Elfreth’s Alley. This unit has a lot going on in it, from the post feature mentioned in a previous post to what appears to be staining from the walkway. Artifacts recovered from this unit include a fragment of a teach cup with a floral design and a comb. 

Semi-vitreous tea cup with painted floral design.

This week we will be out on Saturday and hope to have a good crowd of visitors to the site.

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