Excavations began at the Long Barrack on Tuesday, October 12. Excavation Units (EU) 1 through 3 are located along the north stone perimeter wall. Archaeologists began work in EU-1 and EU-3, leaving EU-2 idle to provide plenty of space in the two active units. EUs measure 1.5 meters by 2.0 meters. Excavation methodology includes soil removal using hand tools. Archaeologists excavated approximately two 10-cm levels in each unit. The soil was dark, loamy clay, not unanticipated as this area was previously used as a landscaping bed. There were some utility pipes encountered, as well as some modern artifacts, like a 1980 penny. Other artifacts included nails, brick fragments, mortar fragments, glass shards, and ceramics.
Next week archaeologists will continue working in EUs 1 and 3, in addition to setting up EU-5.