Kayla, our author today, excavating a unit with interesting soils.

Today was a beautiful day for archaeology! It was warm, but with a nice breeze to keep it from being hot. Unfortunately the lightening prevented us from going out to the site yesterday so it was great to get back out there today. The rain had softened the ground which made the previously sun-baked ground easier to dig through. The crazy weather of the past few weeks has quickly impressed upon us what an important role the natural environment plays in archaeology. Not only does it affect the conditions in which we work, but also the way that the site is formed.

While the weather today made for a nice change, what was more exciting was some of the interesting artifacts that we found. We are beginning to excavate in a new area of the site in which lots of small artifacts are turning up. Many of these are pieces of glass and small metal objects like nails. Among the stand-out objects for today were a bone button, part of a metal barrel hoop and a large metal file which actually looks a lot like the files we use to sharpen our own trowels! The most unique find of the day however belonged to a student from SRSS, Carissa, and her teacher, Katie. Everyone crowded around them to watch them excavate a large piece of broken ceramic that had been sticking out of the wall of the unit beside them for weeks now.

Everyone gathers around Carissa's unit to see what she's uncovering.

We were all interested to see what this piece of ceramic that we’d been staring at for so long would look like. Imagine our surprise then when directly beside it slowly emerged a shiny round object we couldn’t identify. Everyone watched excitedly and speculated on what it might be as Carissa carefully removed it from the ground. What at first glance looked like part of a glass ball, we now think was actually the base of a small, unusually thick green glass bottle. We are still unsure of what it might actually have been used for, but the mystery is one that we are hoping to solve over the next few weeks.

The bottle of the glass bottle, still in the ground. What do you think it could be?

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About the Author

Barry is the Executive Director of the Mennonite Heritage Village. While he does not consider himself to be a historian, he places a high value on the preservation and interpretation of the Mennonite and pioneer stories that help people of all ages understand and appreciate their heritage. Learn more about the MHV.

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