Monday, October 5, 2015

A New Foundation for Little Yeaton

As the summer came to an end at Strawbery Banke, the Archaeology Department monitored construction efforts at Yeaton-Walsh as the c. 1800 foundation was dismantled, a new concrete base was poured, and the signature foundation stones replaced.

We took steps to protect the 18th century wooden structures related to James Marden's mastyard that we had uncovered, backfilling our excavation units in sterile sand, and  changing the shape of the concrete foundation footing on the northwest corner to leave what may be part of a wharf bulkhead intact (see photos below).

We still await the City of Portsmouth, who will be digging trenches to connect utilities, but the foundation and sill replacement has been completed on schedule!  Everyone enjoys a before and after comparison, so below are photos taken during field school in June and July, and new photos taken last week.

The front elevation of Yeaton-Walsh (photos taken facing north)

The backside of Yeaton-Walsh (photos taken facing south).  (Fisheye effect is a product of panorama tool.)

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