Thursday, August 2, 2007

July 30-August 3: WEEK 4 Artifacts of the Week

These artifacts were recovered from AH7 topsoil levels. AH7 is our newest unit in the middle of the back yard. In it, we are finding a fascinating mix of periods and objects (clockwise form upper left): a Fiestaware cup, likely late 1930s-mid 1940s; two burned fragments of Rhenish (German) blue and gray stoneware beer mugs, probably made before the Revolutionary War; a fragment of a writing slate, dating from the 18th or 19th century; and fragments of a clay smoking pipe marked "[BAN]NERMAN/GLA[SGOW]" with a "TD" cartouche, made during the mid or late 19th century.

An early to mid-20th-century trash feature (AH10) has yielded many utilitarian items, along with the lipstick and sunglasses lens we saw last week. This week, in the same context, we found this metal (brass?) bracelet engraved with daffodils and other flowers.