Documenting Deposits

P1190587One aspect of our work involves the documentation of finds through photography and drawing.

After fully exposing the deposit (above) to see its full extent, we photographed the deposit with overhead shots and close-ups.

P1190557Then William and Mark began drawing a plan of the deposit (above), which included roof slate, red bricks, mortar, stone chips, and pebbles. The meter screen, seen above, assists archaeologists in drawing an accurate plan. In this case, the students are leveling the screen, using a plumb bob and a tap to accurately plot the features of the deposit on a 1:20 plan.

Finally, we removed the deposit so that we could count and process the deposit to see if we could determine what period the deposit was made. Three features point to the deposit reflecting the 19th century house: 1.) The pebbles underneath are consistent with those used for leveling a walkway, that gave entrance to the front of the house. 2.) The mortar’s composition has larger inclusions than the finer concrete and mortar found in the first week, which dates to the 1936 house. 3.) All the nails found in the deposit are 19th century cut nails.

Since the house was remodeled in 1936, it is possible this rubble reflects changes made to the house then. The entrance also shifted from an east entrance on N. Wittenberg, to a north entrance on West College. See the two houses below:


View west across North Wittenberg Avenue to the house. Notice the steps leading up the rise to the house.

Remodeled Georgian House after 1936 at 203 West College.

Remodeled Georgian House after 1936 at 203 West College.

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