New Excavation Begun
After yesterday’s rain-out we lucked out and had perfect weather for excavation at the mill. The weather was terrible for photos however. Sun is your enemy in excavation. It’s very difficult to make out subtle differences in sediment composition and color when everything is washed out under the bright sun.
Today marked the completion of our new Unit’s (#8) Level 1. This unit is on the eastern end of the wash-house and we’re hoping somewhere under all that rubble lies a stone foundation wall. At first, we thought perhaps those stones at the bottom of the photo were part of the wall, but as you can see, many charred wood fragments are lying under the stones, meaning that those stones are most likely more recent arrivals. Once we drew the unit and its contents, I decided to move to the north (right in the photo) and bring down that Unit (#7) to the same depth. It’s currently anywhere from 40-90 cm higher than Unit 8 so we need to take it down now before it loses integrity and starts falling into Unit 8. Since it is much higher and we know what to expect, Unit 9 can be excavated with matics and shovels instead of trowels, meaning it should be pretty quick work.
Now for two days off and then back at it on Wednesday.