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Archaeologist is at home digging up others' yards

Archaeologist is at home digging up others' yards
trefwoorden: 19e eeuw - Lund House
Plucked from the dirt, the small clay fragment looks a lot like a piece of broken brick.
But looking at the rounded rim on one side, Scott Beld makes a very educated guess: This scrap of humble, utilitarian 1800s redware looks like the base of a mug.
A workman could well have been sipping from it 150 years ago, when the historic house nearby was new.
Beld is helping with an archaeological survey at the Lund House this summer in Ann Arbor.
He can hold this unglazed earthen pot fragment, or the blue-and-white piece of an elegant bowl or cup found nearby, and tell you more about when and how they were made -- and even who made them -- than you'd ever dream anyone could know.
Yet nothing about him reeks of the know-it-all. In a low-key, measured voice, he'll tell you about why early settlers had lots of broken bricks to use as rubble in construction trenches -- but only if you ask.

Lees verder bij: Detroit News (23 augustus 2003)