Excavation Diary

Our work began on May 13th with a two day surface survey of Lot 3777.

310081_466304900104345_552019161_nIn order to gather a good sample of the surface debris found on the site, we laid out a grid of 8 x 30 meters. Students collected materials in 1 x 1 meter sections and documented the number of finds recovered from each section.

After the intensive surface survey we laid out a 6 x 6 excavation area on the east side of the lot, facing N. Wittenberg Avenue. The area sits between two tress that flanked the original entrance to the house until the remodeling in 1936.

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Source: Wittenberg Yearbook 19xx

We divided the area into three units of 2 x 6 meters to begin excavations. The first step was the removal of the sod after a heavily rain. We screened the sod and then prepared for the first excavation scrape across the units.

Using handpicks and trowels, students worked over the source of three days to remove 10-15 cm of soil from the units. Entangling their efforts, literally, are spider webs of roots from the two trees on either side of the units.

Preparing for end of day photos.

Preparing for end of day photos.

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Beginning excavation of units on Thursday.

Students complete daily excavation logs, enter data into the site's locus sheet field notebook, and sorted finds for further examination.

Using the 1:50 metric scale ruler to map the excavation work for the day on the daily top plan.

Using the 1:50 metric scale ruler to map the excavation work for the day on the daily top plan.

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We catalogue all the finds and draw sketches for each day's excavation. Formal daily plans are drawn on a 1:50 scale on separate maps.

We catalogue all the finds and draw sketches for each day's excavation. Formal daily plans are drawn on a 1:50 scale on separate maps.

1:50 Scale drawing of the units.
1:50 Scale drawing of the units.

Debris deposit of limestone chips, slate and red brick.

Debris deposit of limestone chips, slate and red brick.

Pulleys

Pulleys