Pit 80: Level 3

Completed on May 26, 2015 by Fred Morrison, Teresa Mitchell, Clover Robichaud, Michael Robichaud, Tim Bradshaw, Jeff, Karen, Dean Hunt, DC Locke, and David Brinkman. We saw a soil change happen pretty early in level 3 and that usually means we have left the rich organic remnants of Granby. Sure enough, the Colonial period artifacts died out quickly. There were no signs of features but we continued down to 50cm. During the final clean-up of the pit, on the next to last shovel of dirt, out popped a perfect arrowhead. It was quickly identified as a Dalton point by DC and Michael estimated it to be 10,000 years old. Although not Granby, it's definitely one of our best finds and the team was energized with excitement. We started and ended the dig with bangs. Coupling this with great conversation (with our guest diggers) throughout the dig, pit 80 had the feel of being a great pit. After all the cleaning and counting was done, the overall artifact numbers and power count was below average with 102 artifacts and a ranking of 60 among our 80 pits. The significance of the Dalton point find, however, made pit 80 very special and memorable and it also happened on the 3rd anniversary of the dig. After the dig, everyone returned to the Museum & Pub for an anniversary cake brought by Fred. Dean then took Karen and Jeff on a history tour of the new riverwalk segment. The overall artifact counts for all 3 levels of pit 80: 23 pieces of pottery, 45 pieces of glass, 15 nails, and 3 Native American pieces.

Pit 80: Level 3 produced: 3 pieces of pottery, 11 pieces of glass, 1 nail, and 2 Native American pieces including a perfect Dalton point.