Pit 96: Level 2

Completed by David and Odess Brinkman on May 21, 2016. The asphalt and concrete mostly went away in level 2 (as usual) and the brick turned into old Granby brick. We found a new pottery type and also a unique yellow/green piece of glass. We came across a couple small deposits of charcoal which we carefully excavated so that we might do carbon dating and also examined them for the possible tobacco seed-hull that we found in pit 95. At the bottom of the level we found a Cicada. Based on his size, he had probably been there for, at least 10 years, before we disturbed him. One thing that disturbed me about level 2 is that it was immediately noticed that the 8 inches along the eastern side of the pit was very soft. We had already dug pits on this side and because pit stakes had been removed (by garden work), there was the possibility that we may be overlapping on an already dug area.

Pit 96: Level 2 produced: 10 pieces of pottery, 10 pieces of glass, 3 nails, 3 Native American pieces, 16 charcoal pieces, and 2 iron pieces.

Below: Our Cicada find.