Fieldwork this season is proceeding apace. We have opened up two major areas for investigation. The first is within the footprint of 19th
-century household. The second, on the southern portion of the site, is in a midden or trash pit area with a dense concentration of artifacts from the late 19th
and early twentieth-century. Beneath that lays a thick, homogeneous
deposit full of 19th
century artifacts. This deposit may represent a privy for the two known houses on the site, or may in fact constitute evidence of a third major structure. Continued excavation will help to answer this question.
Project Co-Director Bob Chidester
examines a hand-blown bottle recovered from the site while young Hampden
residents Jonathan Ingram and Tyrek
Greene begin work on a new excavation unit. Tarrell
Stokes of the Independence Local 1 School in Hampden
listens to some tunes while he screens for artifacts.
Here, a makers mark on the base of an Ironstone vessel reads, "warranted Balt
.", indicating the pot's local origins.
A transfer-printed tea vessel located beneath what was once the floor of the house in Area 1 speaks not only about the habits of Victorian people, but also hints at the class identity of the site's inhabitants. A number of artifacts have been recovered from fairly pristine deposits in this area, which Bob is expertly excavating.
Here, excavation of a partial unit reveals the stone foundations of a standing house in an attempt to locate information about the construction date of the house being excavated.