The stones below the support pad may be related to an earlier construction period. The archaeologists plan to resume work in that area once the conditions improve. Excavations within the darker soils produced very few artifacts, consisting mainly of chipped stone and snail shell.
Inside the Long Barrack in Excavation Unit 11, located in the central portion of the structure along the west wall, a feature that had been previously identified has created several questions. Due to the rainy weather, the archaeologists took the opportunity to further examine this feature. It consists of a stacking of limestone rocks, with what appears to be a post-hole observed in the unit profile above it. The archaeologists excavated the area at the base of the feature to gather more information. The feature extended into the unit approximately 15.7 inches from the north wall of the unit.
In addition to the stones, an area of a possible compacted soil containing lime was observed around the edges of the stone. The soils removed around the feature consisted of the dark brown clay that contained no artifacts. The feature consists of a concentration of limestone cobbles set atop a layer of ash-matrix, surrounded by a dark-grey silty clay matrix. Minimal artifacts were recovered from the dark-gray silty clay, limited to small numbers of snail shell.
The feature was documented and will likely be bisected in the following week to determine the interior makeup of the feature. Bisecting is a process that includes cutting and removing half of the feature, leaving the other half in place, and screening the feature’s soils.
Excavations in these three units should either be completed or be nearly complete by the end of the week.