Most of our short day was spent trying to take the middle unit of the CHB site down to the floor cut, carrying on from where the students left off last week. We started already quite deep and kept going through a layer thick with stone rubble. As we went deeper, we found more slanting stone faces and slot trenches - which strongly suggests that the floor had been quarried away at some point >:-(
|CHB trench, rubble layer, top|
|CHB trench, irregular bottom|
The surface of the apparently quarried stone cut was relatively soft and unweathered, indicating that it had not been left exposed for any length of time (Bermuda limestone hardens when exposed to the elements), but rather was apparently quickly reburied with the rubble material we were digging through. So it might well be that eighteenth-century quarrying activity destroyed the original floor surface of this feature - a scenario I had already experienced in 1996 at the Globe Hotel garden when searching for Bermuda's first documented slave quarters (c. 1620) - the layers of which had been blown away by quarrying to repair the house in the 1780s. We didn't quite finish getting to the bottom - stopping at a light brown sandy layer that might hold some promise of dating when the quarrying occurred, if we can find datable artifacts.
|Depth = 1 x Mike / 2|
We're back tomorrow (Sunday), so if anyone wants to volunteer, please contact me by email (above)!