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Munroe Excavations from Above



The rain chased us out of the field mid-morning today, but we were able to use the early morning cloud cover to get some good overhead shots of the excavation area from the Tavern’s attic window.  Here’s one that shows the outline of the ell, the drainage channels and conduits (the well is under the gray slab at the right), and other units in progress.  The unit in the lower left illustrates the dramatic color difference between the undisturbed subsoil (bright yellowish-orange) and the dark topsoil that is just above it.  The brick rubble scatter in that unit included a number of bricks marked "NEB Co" for New England Brick Company, which operated from the mid-19th to the mid-20th century.

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