Hi, I'm Tess and I go to smith college. Today is already off to an eventful start! The field school students rescued a cat and then attended a metal detecting demonstration. Now we are back in our units and ready to work! #digmontpelier#fieldschool2017#historicalarchaeology
The dig at the Aiken-Rhett House is being done in an effort to try to find evidence of siege lines dug by the British when they seized Charleston in 1780. Ground penetrating radar showed evidence of a trench running through the yard - so far the area has yielded a lot of brick and rubble and a few 19th and 20th century artifacts which may well be an indication that the siege lines are elsewhere. More digging to be done.... #theaccidentalpreservationist
Second year in a row we held a volunteer public archaeology event @fortdouglasmilitarymuseum in support of their Fort Douglas Day event. It was a great event and dozens of people stopped to learn, ask questions, and play in the dirt. This dirt came from what appears to be where the Army dumped their trash between the 1880s and 1910s. These artifacts continue to help us learn about the life of the soldiers that called this place home. You can see a sample of the artifacts in the second photo, but we got a 38th Infantry button cover, tobacco pipes, cartridges and even a seashell. More to learn! Thanks to everyone who donated their time and passion today. .
There are two particularly interesting things about the manor at 300 Queen Street, home of Mayor of Melbourne John Thomas Smith and his family.
First, the house was Georgian in style and outdated in the Melbourne context. Commissioned by the Smiths in 1848, the house gave the family the impression of heritage and being from ‘old money’, which they certainly weren’t. J.T. Smith was the son of convicts. The manor was one of very few Georgian buildings in Melbourne’s CBD.
Second, though grand, the building was poorly executed. The second floor extension was particularly shoddy. Like Smith’s chamberpot (see earlier post), the manor was cheap but sent the desired message. Ahh those delusions of grandeur!
Image: Peter Maltezos.