Monday, August 15, 2011

2011 Day 2: Rain Day

As expected, we were rained out today.  It was the first time in many, many years that we lost a day due to rain.  So far this is our progress:

But, the rain turned out to be a blessing because it provided us with an opportunity to look at the artifacts that were conserved during the past year by DATA Investigations.  Several items from the 1939 and 1959 excavations were removed from the display case on the second floor of the Jabez Howland House to be treated after years of continuous display.  Some of these items include a fish hook, a key, a spur, and an ox shoe.  Here are some pictures of other items that went through the conservation process and are now back on display in the Howland House.

This is a toy plate with two fish.  It is about the size of a silver dollar.  The fish weren't visible until after conservation. 

The famous Howland Spoon

Howland Spoon reproduction.  Copies of these are available for sale at the Howland House.

This interesting piece is a pocket sundial.  It was only identifiable after treatment. 
Additional items were removed from display this year to go through the treatment process.  They will be returned to the Howland House in 2012.

Tomorrow, we will be back out working at the site.  Hopefully, the weather will be more cooperative!

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