Pit 45: Level 1

Completed on July 10, 2013 by Gloria Talens, Fred Morrison, Odess and David Brinkman. We got an early morning start hoping to beat the heat but we caught the 100% humidity. This was the first dig for Gloria and she may have enjoyed it more if it had not been for her distinction of having the largest bone discovery of the dig. A pig bone found in level 1. Busy Fred also returned for the first time this year. A big surprise in level 1 was a strange concrete/clay like material. About 100 pieces. Closer to the house, a test pit had, earlier, reveled concrete from the sidewalk construction of 1963. This was nothing like that. Many of the pieces had a rough concrete surface on one side and a clay like surface on the other side. Some pieces were almost completely clay-like. Imprints on most of the pieces seem to show it was very soft when it was, long ago, poured on top of grass or straw. There's no doubt about it being man-made and the fact that we would find it in 3 levels means it was placed there before the Riverland Park neighborhood was built in the early 1960's. We also found a nice piece of Native American pottery and the pottery count for level 1 was pretty good.

Pit 45: Level 1 produced: 10 pieces of pottery, 7 pieces of glass, and 100 pieces of the new mystery man-made clay substance.