The Answer to Yesterday’s Question

The iron straps are attached to the stamp batteries. Therefore, the end-grained wood mounts we've discovered were located between two batteries.

So there you have it. What we discovered in 100.U1 and 100.U2 were the remains of the “gap” between two stamp batteries. Each iron strap was attached to the front uprights of an individual battery. The “gap” consisted of a slab of end-grained wood with iron braces and more slabs of wood underneath it. All of this points to the idea that the weight of the stamps and stamp batteries themselves were not distributed directly underneath them, but instead off the sides. This makes sense since the areas directly under the batteries were found to be hollow.

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About Sean Gohman

Currently a PhD Degree seeking student in the Michigan Tech University's Industrial Heritage and Archaeology program.

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