Monday, March 6, 2017

March 6, 2017
2 hours

Looking through the articles and the excavation notes and noticed that after the first dig in 1984 an exhibit entitled "Garbage Made Good: Excavating the Perkins Privy" was created and displayed at the John Brown House. It was organized by Shelly Edwards from Mount Union, History Major that also conducted an extensive research on the material found. However, I have not found any of this research. Artifacts included Sewing articles, glassware, pottery, china, and bottles. The trenches dug reached a depth of about five feet.

The dig that was conducted the next year was not in the same location. This time they were focused on the cow barn in the northwest of the corner of the Mansion lawn, adjacent to Portage Path. Fewer amounts of material were found in this area than in the previous one, even though they dug up nearly the entire length and breath of the barn's foundation. Depths of over three feet in areas. They did find large numbers of stoneware and china pieces as well as ginger jars, beer bottles, and milk crocks. They also found different layers of foundation and piles of old roof gutter and downspout pieces, a vegetable chopper, metal nails, broken bottle, brick sections of flooring and several glass insulators.

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