When we last left you, we’d found a cache of bottles outside the honey-domed structure. To read that post, click here .
Tonight’s blog takes the form of a photo essay with a bit of narrative here and there. The third dig night (6.14.2011) uncovered another bottle cache, more female cosmetic items, and lots of rusted metal. See below for the items we uncovered…
And so, we recommence…
Neal’s new pup, Toto.
Hmmm…it appears you have a deep hole. The black labs keeping watch.
A few pieces of animal bone (signs of modern butchery), old rusted wheel (from a child’s toy?)
Small piece of porcelain
More women’s cosmetic items — milk glass disc container and an additional Hinds’ bottle — and gear box (clock works?) of some sort
Bottle cache. Why do we begin to uncover bottles only after dark when we’re a bit tipsy and have only our headlamps for light?
More fragments of the iridescent glass bowl, milk glass disc container
Hinds’ bottle (no. 2)
Pale green glass with glass stopper (intact)
Medicine bottle with marks
We took a few weeks off— hot weather and busy schedules. We resumed tonight (7.19.11)
Neal standing in the excavation
Partial beer bottle — the only bottle we found tonight (shocking, i know)!
Digging down…the excavation is now between 2.5 and 3′ deep. We hit a lot of deep roots but were able to get at least another 5″ and widened the excavation — as we found the edges of the bridge (below the concrete dome)
Bottom of the concrete dome and start of the brick; tonight’s end point.
Dinner! Tomato (BLT) sandwiches—by lamplight. YUM!
We may dig again this weekend; we need a few hours of daylight and hopefully be able to knock out the concrete. I’m fairly confident we’ve finally hit a sterile layer for isolates and bottle caches. I could be wrong, but…doubtful. Who knows.