KENNEDY TENANT HOUSE
KENNEDY TENANT HOUSE EXCAVATION
10/28/14 - UPDATE on what was found so far at the Kennedy Tenant House dig:
We were able to excavate 17 shovel test pits in the yard of the Kennedy Tenant House. We began in the area of what we were told was the location of the outhouse. We recovered several artifacts from nearly all of the test pits. The artifacts include 18th and 19th century ceramic pieces, window glass, lantern glass, hand wrought nails and 19th century machine cut nails. Also discovered was an area that may possibly be a walkway or path as well as an area showing ash, charcoal, and large iron slag that may indicate the location of the blacksmith shop. More accurate identification and dating still needs to be done on all of the artifacts recovered.
There has been some question on when the house was built. At this point it is just speculation but an initial analysis of the domestic artifacts found indicate a time period between 1790 and 1820 although the artifacts will need to be further analyzed to confirm this.
On Saturday October 25 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., we continued to dig test pits and screen the dirt for artifacts.VOLUNTEERS are NEEDED to help with this project. If you are available to help, please let us know! If you have a shovel and/or a spade, or garden tools, feel free to bring them along with you.
On October 3 & 4, 2014, we started the preliminary steps for the archaeological dig at the tenant house. We began by digging test pits throughout the property to determine where, and if, a more extensive dig should take place. We are also hoping to determine where the blacksmith shop once stood.
The test pits we dug are approximately 1 ft wide and about 2 ft deep. We then screened the dirt through the screens, allowing us to recover any artifacts that may be there. Over the next few weeks, the artifacts found will be cleaned, dated, and mapped so that we can determine how to proceed with any additional excavations.