Brick Rubble

Uncovering ceramics. Source: Benjamin Skolnik

Uncovering ceramics in brick rubble. Source: Benjamin Skolnik

So far in my experiences in field school, it seems that I am destined to find some sort of brick rubble in my unit.  For the first three weeks of field school, I was excavating Unit 18 at the Pinkney House.  We were only a few soil layers into the unit when we discovered multiple layers of bricks that were most likely a fill layer of some sort due to the haphazard positions of the bricks.  After we removed the first layer of bricks, we encountered yet another layer of bricks.  However, while dealing with bricks may be time consuming when trying to dig through brick-filled layers, finding bricks is not all that bad.  Within the brick rubble layers, we found numerous large pieces of ceramic, some glass, and even an interesting key.  Some of the ceramic pieces were able to be pieced back together so we could see what kind of vessel it was.  It was thought to possibly be a chamber pot; however, it was peculiar if it was a chamber pot due to the small size.  All the hard work digging out the brick rubble proved to be very rewarding.  After we finally dug through all the rubble, we found numerous styles of ceramic ranging from yellowware to pearlware, iron stone, and even some porcelain.  They were mostly a variety of small specimens; however, we did manage to find some large pieces of plates that were able to be pieced together.  We hypothesized the unit was likely some kind of fill area and may have been where the previous tenants threw out their trash.  Unit 18 ended up being approximately four feet at the deepest area and had a lot of difficult layers to dig through, but was very rewarding overall in the amount of artifacts and variety of artifacts unearthed.

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