Friday, July 22, 2011

Some Interesting Finds from the Privy

Over the past week the volunteers and I washed artifacts that were excavated from the privy units. So far we have found a bell, a giant marble, and part of a female figurine mixed in with countless pieces of metal, wood, glass, and bone.

Hopefully we will find some more surprising artifacts as we wrap up washing the artifacts!

Rachel Passannante

Monday, July 18, 2011

The Beginnings of Lab Work

Now that the excavations are closed at the Chase House,Sheila and the volunteers are focusing on all of the artifacts that have been collected over the last 4 years. Much of this work includes washing and drying the artifacts, separating the artifacts by material and style, assigning catalog numbers, and transferring those numbers onto reconstruct able vessels and artifacts.

Two artifacts are in the process of being reassembled to be placed in an exhibition in one of the hotels here in Portsmouth. The chamber pot lid (left) is mostly assembled and the flower pot (right) is also close to completion (although it doesn't look like it from the picture!).

Rachel Passannante

Monday, July 11, 2011

Great End to the Chase Excavations

Last Friday was the wrap up day of the Chase House Excavation. Sheila felt that, over the past four years, she was able to answer the questions she was looking for during the excavation. We were able to locate the privy and, although hindered by the water table, were able to dig quite extensively below the water table. We were also able to roughly outline the foundation of the barn that the privy was located in. Thursday and Friday were the wrap up days where we started to fill in the unit.  Now there are hundreds of artifacts that have been uncovered over the past two weeks and are waiting to be washed, cataloged, and examined.

Thanks to all of those who came out to help with the excavation!


Sunday, July 3, 2011

End of Week One

Last week was the end of our first week of excavations at the Chase House. We have found many more artifacts to add to our already huge collection. This includes one unit where four bags of artifacts were taken out of one level alone! The kitchen-ell unit was wrapped up on Friday when it was determined that there were no more artifacts to be recovered. We will be digging on the fourth of July, so anyone who plans to visit Strawbery Banke can come by and see us in action!