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September 20, 2007

Excavating Hamline History – The First Level

Filed under: Artifacts,Fieldwork,Hamline History @ 4:42 pm and

Bag #001

BAG #001 – The first bag of excavated artifacts from our 2007 dig.

We excavated the first level at the Hamline Methodist Church site today. We’re digging through a layer of rocky fill with a light scatter of 20th century artifacts. Some nails, slate shingle fragments, a limestone suggest we have building demolition debris, but are these from the church or some other structure? We need to keep digging to find our answer.

Ryan’s findRyan made the find of the day – a white ceramic sherd with a prominent maker’s mark. It’ll be interesting to see if we can identify the mark.

This Saturday is our first open dig. Stop by between 9 AM and 3 PM if you want to check out what’s happening.
Ryan’s find of the day

Level One ceramic sherd

Hlee and AmandaChurch DigScreen perspective


  1.   Brenna Pileggi — September 30, 2007 @ 10:50 pm    

    YES! I took three of those pictures…

  2.   Brenna Pileggi — September 30, 2007 @ 10:53 pm    

    Actually 4!

  3.   Brenna Pileggi — September 30, 2007 @ 10:54 pm    

    Or all of them.

  4.   Brian — September 30, 2007 @ 11:40 pm    

    You definitely took some pictures that I would not have taken myself. I particularly like the shot of our first artifact bag – 001. I wondered if you took it intentionally to document the start of the dig – or was it just an interesting shot?

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