Okay – any archaeologist who tells you that the artifacts aren’t important or that he or she doesn’t get a thrill when something unique or interesting comes out of the ground is fibbing! It’s true that artifacts are only one component of an excavation- a tool for dating soil features and layers, and a means to collect information about daily life, etc. But– here’s the thing– it’s still very exciting when you find great stuff!
Today was a really good artifact day at the Lord Ashley Site. Even though the units were still boggy and some continuously filled with water from the overly drenched surrounding ground, occasionally there was a shout from one side of the dig or another, and everyone would scramble over to see the latest find and learn more about it. Take a look below for some of the highlighted artifacts from this morning. These include an amazing 17th century decorated trade bead (about 1 cm in length), a large sherd from a utilitarian vessel made of Barbadian Redware, a rare glass button, a projectile point, and several pieces of a deftware plate that were excavated using specialized equipment!
Wish us dry weather for tomorrow and the rest of the dig! I am hoping that Dr. Jon Marcoux will author tomorrow’s post – explaining about the use of magnetometry at the site and how it is helping us locate the moat and palisade.