Site update for May 11th, and I-Spy answers!

A little bit chillier today than it has been all week! I thought I was going to have to start doing laps around the site (I am sure that would have been supremely amusing to our crew), but we persevered and made some good progress today before we break for the weekend. Here are a few snaps from our day:

Marit treated us to a lesson on how to describe stratigraphy from a reclined position...
Marit treated us to a lesson on how to describe stratigraphy from a reclined position…
Ok, not really! But the Midden Mavens Mary and Sarah did make progress in unpacking the several depositional events that have led to these soil profiles.
Ok, not really! But the Midden Mavens Mary and Sarah did make progress in unpacking the several depositional events that have led to these soil profiles.
Charlotte and Emma, two of the North Wall Breakers busted out the mattocks and got right into the business of clearing out some fill.
Charlotte and Emma, two of the North Wall Breakers busted out the mattocks and got right into the business of clearing out some fill.
The South Wall Trenchers of Stephanie, Danny, Brooke, and Collette finally got context 37 put to bed!
The South Wall Trenchers of Stephanie, Danny, Brooke, and Collette finally got context 37 put to bed!
The Basement Gang of Nic, Wayne, Anthony and Joel set to the cellar door with a will, and are wrestling with how the basement was added to the existing house structure. Please note the rest of the North Wall Breakers (Katie and Jodie) hard at work screening in the background!
The Basement Gang of Nic, Wayne, Anthony, and Joel set to the cellar door with a will, and are wrestling with how the basement was added to the existing house structure. Please note the rest of the North Wall Breakers (Katie and Jodie) hard at work screening in the background!
Dan went rogue on us, and decided to get to the bottom of things on his own! We think we now might have a handle on how the structure walls were constructed, but time will tell....
Dan went rogue on us, and decided to get to the bottom of things on his own! We think we now might have a handle on how the structure walls were constructed, but time will tell….

We didn’t pick an official Artifact of the Day, but there was part of a green-glazed ceramic high voltage threaded pole insulator buried beside the basement entrance. Funnily enough, just as we were identifying it, Jolyane’s crew had found a small ceramic piece from across the field that could have been from the same object! It was really serendipitous, and funny, as James walked over with Jolyane and said “Hey, do you know what this is?” and I turned around and said “Yes, it is what Anthony is holding right there!”.

This insulator probably dates to post 1901 when Canadian General Electric was leasing and then later purchased the property for generating stations to send power downtown to their main manufacturing plant on Park Street!

Leading into the weekend, here are the answers to yesterday’s I-Spy game:

Can you find: 1. The bottom of a pipe bowl; 2. A slate pencil; 3. Part of an edgeware plate; 4. The finish to a case gin bottle; 5. A wire nail.
Can you find: 1. The bottom of a pipe bowl; 2. A slate pencil; 3. Part of an edgeware plate; 4. The finish to a case gin bottle; 5. A wire nail.
Can you find: 1. An Eclectric Oil bottle; 2. A glass bottle stopper; 3. Part of a Maker’s Mark; 4. A chicken bone; 5. Part of what was probably a Brown Betty teapot; 6. Part of a Blue Willow plate.
Can you find: 1. An Eclectric Oil bottle; 2. A glass bottle stopper; 3. Part of a Maker’s Mark; 4. A chicken bone; 5. Part of what was probably a Brown Betty teapot; 6. Part of a Blue Willow plate.

 

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