Long Barrack Archaeology Update - June 7

June 7, 2024

This week two excavation units were active.

Archaeologists in EU-21 reached a depth of 100 cm below surface; this was the final depth for this unit. Archaeologists fully exposed a limestone alignment that will be further revealed in upcoming excavations. Preliminary dating of the alignment is mid- to late- 1800s. Additionally, archaeologists encountered a compacted caliche. Artifacts from this unit include metal, ceramics, glass, and some lithic debitage. Archaeologists will complete mapping and documentation of the unit next week.

EU-21 at 100 cm below surface, photo facing north.
Artifacts from EU-21.

A new unit was opened this week. EU-28 is located adjacent to previously excavated EU-19. This unit measures 1.5 by 2.0 meters and will have a terminal depth of 60 cm below surface. Archaeologists removed the top 30 cm of modern landscaping and encountered several utility pipes. By the end of the week, archaeologists reached a depth of 50 cm below surface.  

EU-28 at 50 cm below surface, photo facing north.
Artifacts from EU-28.