US Route 301 Archaeology Update

December 3rd, 2012

 

Feature 2

Feature excavation. Can you dig it?

Noxon Tenancy, 7NC-F-133


Feature Excavation – Over the last two weeks (excluding Thanksgiving) Berger has focused on Feature excavation.  Excavation of Feature 1 is now complete.  The feature proved to be highly irregular. It looks more like two adjacent three throws than a structure.  Feature 1 produced 569 historic artifacts and 578 pieces of animal bone, mostly pig and cow. The artifacts all date to the mid eighteenth century, and include numerous sherds of tin-glazed earthenware and scratch blue stoneware. The feature produced several brick pieces, none larger than a quarter of a brick. This is most of the brick recovered from the site. The brick, and the daub from the nearby pit features, is the only evidence of a house in this area; without the brick distribution, we might think the house was in the northeastern part of the site, around Feature 2 and the midden.  Excavation has begun in Feature 34, the well. So far the excavation is proceeding rapidly, because the feature has produced few artifacts. Half of Feature 2 has been excavated. This feature appears to be a small cellar hole with stepped sides. It measures 6 x 7 feet at the surface and is 2.4 feet deep. Artifact density was moderate throughout, all small pieces resembling the artifacts in the plowzone. 

Cufflink from Feature 2                                                                                            Cufflink from Feature 2