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Summer 2000 Excavation: First Field Season Ends with Questions
N44 E28.5/N42 E28.5 has become a real puzzle for us. We have completely uncovered the concrete "patch/cover" as well as several large fieldstones. However, on the last day of the June field school a large six-inch cast-iron pipe was uncovered. The pipe extends into the feature that the concrete is covering. However, we did not open the concrete lid up yet. This will have to wait for the next session. Team 2 finished up in the extension to N36 E28.5. In this trench the same cast-iron pipe found in the trench to the north was also uncovered. It is obviously an intrusion to this trench. We cannot be sure just what the pipe is for and what the concrete is covering. Arguments are being made that this could be a well, a cistern, or a cesspit.
What's odd about that is this trench is only about 1.5 meters from the house. If the 1800s ground surface was indeed this shell layer, why is it almost a meter below the modern ground surface? How did the landscape change so drastically in less than 100 years? We ask this because 1900-1915 photographs show the house at the current ground surface level. There was no indication of steps leading up into the lean-to's door.
We'll continue to explore three areas: