The archaeology of Harvard Yard

first_img 4Detail of a soil color chart. Students try to match the actual color of the soil to a color in the chart to identify the soil depth and the corresponding age of any artifacts found. 12Charles Michael ’20 displays an ink bottle from the 1800s unearthed at the site, possibly made by Carter’s Ink Co. in Cambridge. Other artifacts include clay tobacco pipes, a lead musket ball, and a piece of flint for a flint-lock firearm. 10Patricia Capone (back to camera) explains to alums how the Harvard Yard Archaeology Project explores the University’s early days and mission. 11Colin Criss ’17, left, displays some recently excavated artifacts to Tom Tiffany ’71, center, and Meryl Strawbridge ’71. 8Found artifacts include a key, possibly from the 19th century, and a two-cent coin from 1864, the first year two-cent coins were minted. Other artifacts include 17th-century clay roof tiles, diamond pane window glass, handmade bricks, and animal bones, which likely were part of students’ diet. 7William Mendez ’17 displays a ceramic shard unearthed that day. Ceramics were used in dining, food storage, and food preparation. 3Instructor Diana Loren, center, lays out the plan for the afternoon’s excavation. 5Julia Thomas ’17 (left) empties a bucket of dirt into a sifter as Betsy Peinado ’19 looks on. Moving the sifter vigorously back and forth causes the dirt to fall through, while keeping pebbles and artifacts on the screen.center_img 13By learning about the refuse of daily life, the class can address the changing nature of education from what began as a 17th-century religious institution to its evolution as an 18th-century secular one, while also learning about aspects of students’ daily lives. Studying the archaeology of Harvard Yard is a collaborative project of the Harvard Anthropology Department and the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology. Four buildings made up the 17th century Harvard campus. Two of these, the Old College and the Indian College, were near the present archaeological excavation.The features and artifacts excavated this semester confirm the presence of a refuse zone, likely from the Old College building of 1638, the first college building in America, and long gone from the Yard. Among this semester’s finds are 17th century clay roof tiles, diamond-pane window glass, many handmade bricks, clay tobacco pipes, a lead musket ball, and a piece of flint for a firearm.By learning more about the refuse of daily life, researchers and students can better understand the role of learning in early American colonization. With no maps or drawings existing for the Yard in the 17th century, archaeology contributes key information on the early life of students and their College. 6Ronni Cuccia ’19 (from left), Alyssa Mehta ’18, and Lexy Hartford, a fourth-year digital teaching fellow, examine excavated debris in a sifter. 2Ailie Kerr ’20 measures the depth of her unit: 67 cm. The excavation proceeds in a precisely organized fashion, with the bottom of the pit always being kept level. 9Rachel Harner ’17 (left) bags an artifact for safekeeping. Organizing, maintaining, and cataloging the artifacts are important aspects of the excavation. Instructor Patricia Capone (right) explains the project to alumni from the Class of ’71 visiting the class on site in the Yard. 1Students in “Anthropology 1130: The Archaeology of Harvard Yard” dig in rectangular pits, inside areas sectioned off by twine, a few centimeters at a time. The class excavates in partnership with the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology.last_img read more

Steering Failure Blamed In U.S. 52 Crash

first_imgA Metamora driver was taken to a hospital after suffering minor injuries in a single vehicle crash Monday morning.Emergency crews responded to U.S. 52, just west of Cummins Rd., in Brookville Township around 11:39 a.m.Responding officers say the vehicle, a 1998 Ford Explorer, was traveling west on U.S. 52 when it traveled off the south side of the road, over an embankment, and rolled over before coming to an upright rest.The driver, Sarah Bulmer, 25, told police it felt as if something in the steering failed causing her to lose control.She was rushed to McCollough-Hyde Memorial Hospital in Oxford for treatment of minor injuries.last_img

Michigan DNR Auctioning Off Several Parcels of Land in Northeast Michigan

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisMichigan- The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is auctioning off surplus land throughout the state, including several parcels of land in Northeast Michigan.80 Parcels will be featured throughout the state. Three parcels are in Alpena County, ranging from 2.4 to 40 acres. Three 40 acre properties are available in Montmorency County. There is also two parcels in Oscoda County. The bidding opens on December 12th and concludes on January 10th. All received bids will be opened on January 24th.For more information on the properties, minimum bid price, conditions, visit www.michigan.gov/landforsale.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious ACC Players Gearing Up For Comedy “The Actor’s Nightmare”Next Candle Light Vigil to Honor Children Who Have Passed Awaylast_img read more

The Results Are In

first_imgBy Christina Johnson |RED BANK – New Jersey has a new governor.Middletown’s Phil Murphy, a Democrat, former Goldman Sachs executive and newcomer to elected office has beaten Republican Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno  in the race to succeed Republican Gov. Chris Christie.Guadagno, of Monmouth Beach, declared in her concession speech, “We left no stone unturned and I wouldn’t have done anything differently.” She congratulated Murphy. Guadagno will continue in her role as Secretary of State and Lt. Governor until Jan. 18.In Legislative District 11, Democrat Vin Gopal of Long Branch defeated Sen. Jennifer Beck of Red Bank in an upset. In her concession speech, Beck wished her best to Gopal and vowed to assist him in the transition.In the General Assembly 11th District, Democrats Eric Houghtaling and Joann Downey defeated Republicans Robert Acerra and Michael Whelan.In Monmouth County’s Freeholder race, Republicans Lillian Burry and Patrick Impreveduto beat Democrats Brian Wilton and Margie Donlon.In the General Assembly’s 13th District, Representatives Amy Handlin and Serena DiMaso won against Tom Giaimo and Mariel DiDato.Both state public questions were approved by voters. They asked voters to support authorizing the state to issue $125 million in bonds to provide grants to public libraries, as well one about dedicating funds from state environmental contamination cases.In Monmouth County, a public question to fund open space for recreation was also approved by voters.Voter turnout was 41.6 percent, according to the county clerk.Click here for results of more municipal and school board races. Pick up Thursday’s issue of The Two River Times for articles on the 2017 local election. Find the paper here.last_img read more