Monday, May 14, 2012

Hello ruby in the dust…

Date:    Sat, 12 May 2012 09:39:10 -0700
From:    George Myers <georgejmyersjr@GMAIL.COM>
Subject: Re: Sub floor deposits - dust & taphonomy

I recall a Williamsburg, VA film that started with the occupants of a tavern in the 18th century, one drops a coin, which I think rolls toward the hearth and drops in a crack through the floor into the sub floor dirt and transitions to a modern excavation and revealing the coin with a trowel, which was a wonderful opening for the topic. Well yes but then the onion bottle of rum and cherries was also just as interesting excavated elsewhere.

I was at a sub floor excavation of the William Floyd Manor for the kitchen I think, which was required to make it safe before it was to be opened to the public. In the dirt swales between the wooden beams, a number of pins were recovered. Local legend has the British Army's horses quartered in the manor house. William Floyd a prominent politician and the Long Island signer of the Declaration of Independence, and later General in the American Revolutionary Army in Upstate, NY, where he's also interred, shouldn't be confused with Long Island's North Shore William LLoyd, a Tory who negotiated a hostage transfer. I found in the last resident's garden a "William Lloyd" bottle seal, an unlikely "error". Dana Linck of the then Denver Service Center, US National Parks Service did the archeology, and he or they might have something on the sub floor deposits beneath the unlikely "horse-bearing" beams. - histarch comment

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