A SECOND TIME
The second archeological excavation of the Wistarburgh Glass Works started on Tuesday April 3, 2001. The work was again being performed by Hunter Research Inc. of Trenton, NJ. The work was being sponsored by the Wheaton Museum of American Glass of Millville NJ and funded with grant money. The on-site archeologist was again Bill Liebeknecht. Two members of the Hunter team were on site on Tuesday to lay out the area to be dug. They had chosen a 10� x 10� area at the site of a shovel hole from the first dig in June 1998. This particular spot was picked because the shovel hole had exposed what seemed like a brick floor.
The crew from Hunter Research screening for artifacts.
The very wet soil forced a slower method of looking for artifact.
The actual digging started on Wednesday April 4, 2001. There had been a good amount of rain which made searching the sod layer for artifacts very difficult. As usual, a new crew starts picking out every small piece of glass they find. This usually goes away after a day or two, because there is just so-o much glass. The very small pieces are generally flat glass. Since one of the products of this glass works was flat window glass, there are just a lot of small flat pieces. Anyhow, over time the size cutoff increases unless the shard is particularly significant. They worked on half of the square at a time, taking off the sod and then a layer of dirt. When they cleared out the layer of dirt, they found the same brick floor about 10� down. It covered most of the 5 x 10 sample trench. When the first half was down to the second layer, they started on the second adjacent 5 x 10. This also showed brick over much of the area.
The brick floor can be seen here. It was determined
to be a floor because the surface of the brick was all at the same depth.
They also found the spot of the shovel hole from 1998. This helped confirm that they knew exactly where they were digging. The digging was performed exclusively by the employees of Hunter Research. They found a lot of the common glass shards usually found at the site. They also found a nice glass stopper and the base of a bottle. There were no significant finds under the brick layer.
Some artifacts found during the dig.
Poor weather conditions extended the 5 day dig over three weeks. When the digging was completed, the hole was filled with the soil that had been removed. There will eventually be a report on the findings of this dig submitted to Wheaton Museum of American Glass along with all the artifacts found.
A stopper found in the trench.
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