To give you a sense of scale, the stadia rod to the left is 2 meters (6 feet) high and one Mike (top) = 1 Mike.
|Jordan vs. the tree (Jordan won)|
Although the south and east walls of the site remain to be defined, it appears the house was at least twenty feet long and at least twelve feet wide, with a small room on the northern side similarly carved into the hillside. A curious circular feature cut appears on the eastern wall of this northern room extension and seems to go quite deep.
Cleared (above) and Mapped (below):
Evidence of a vertical post in the back wall of the house, suggesting the chimney was of wattle-and-daub construction.
While Jordan and Quarin helped clear brush, lay out the grid (for precise three-dimensional location of all mapped features and layers and recovered artifacts - a critical first step for all archaeological investigations), Leigh, Kristina, Mimi, and Mike continued to make great progress and new discoveries at the Oven Site. Mimi, Leigh, and Mike discovered a series of flat-laid stones in the northwest corner of the house, which continued into the unit to the east. This suggests either that a partial stone floor was put in at the very end of this house's occupation (and perhaps robbed away in the middle part of the house, since we didn't find evidence in last week's lateral trench) or after the house had been abandoned but was reused in the mid-19th century (as suggested by the datable artifacts associated with the rubble stones lying atop this flagstone layer.
|Mimi glowering at the new unit she had to dig to follow out the flagstone surface|
Mike noted a round posthole cut in the northern wall of the structure which had long been filled in - another important detail in figuring out construction techniques.
Meanwhile, Kristina (who was stuck in the hearth excavating while wearing a miner's lamp) uncovered a similar flagstone floor underneath a greasy ashy layer related to when the hearth was in active use. All this evidence suggests that in the mid- to late-19th century, someone was using the hearth in a by-then long abandoned ruin for cooking purposes and depositing their refuse among the rubble of the collapsed structure.
|Hearth floor within chimney - oven is to the south.|
In between these exciting developments, we had time for a mini-lecture on the identification, dating, and evolution of 17th and 18th-century bottles. The field sites are also classrooms and lecture halls al fresco!
I am also pleased to say that Geoffrey turned over his workboat to us and that I have my first independent command. So for 20 minutes each day while crossing the harbour, I am Captain Mike!
|The floggings will continue until morale improves...|