|modern waterline cutting through unit N75 W35|
|Recovery of Koens-Crispin broadspear|
|A beautiful jasper broadspear|
On the east side of the milk house, we continue to investigate a foundation identified as Archibald McAllister’s smokehouse which still is not yielding many artifacts. Documentation indicates that this was an octagonal, wooden structure approximately 16 feet in diameter. It also indicates that it was set a foot or more above the ground. Our examination of the foundation has yielded little in the way of artifacts that would aid in dating the construction of this building, but it has provided insight into the construction methods employed. The stone foundation that appeared “a foot or more above the ground” was actually set on a rubble stone foundation below ground at approximately the same depth. This foundation of laid stone consists of sandstone and diabase rock of varying sizes with the largest (10-12”) boulder type at the base with medium and small stones fitted around this base layer. Intermittent fill of soils mixed with small pebbles and wedge or cut rock complete the foundation. This random rubble construction consists of stone that are not uniform in shape nor size but were arranged to distribute the weight of the building. The bottom of the builders’ trench has proven to be consistently level, allowing for a solid foundation for the smokehouse structure.
|Feature 99, smokehouse foundation during removal|
|Rocks to the north of smokehouse foundation|
The media coverage this season has been great with Fox 43 , and ABC 27 both featuring Kurt Carr, Senior Curator of Archaeology and our crew leader. PennLive interviewed Kurt and posted some great excavation shots. This media coverage has brought lots of folks to the site and we’ve enjoyed meeting everyone and sharing the significance of archaeology and our rich local heritage. The school groups who have helped us to excavate and screen dirt and all of the volunteers are amazing. We only have one more week, excavations close on October 5th and we will be cleaning up and closing the site on the sixth.
For more information, visit PAarchaeology.state.pa.us or the Hall of Anthropology and Archaeology at The State Museum of Pennsylvania.