Over the weekend, GM having some work done in his small garden. Specifically, one corner of the garden was being prepped for the planting of a new tree. To accomplish this, the soil needed to be cleared of several feet of sand and clay that sat just below the topsoil. In doing so, several interesting artifacts were found.
The most interesting find was this chard of china. It appears to be from a small plate. The makers mark is from a company called the International Pottery Company of Trenton, New Jersey (“Trenton makes, the world takes!”). According to this site, this particular mark (with the name Burgess and Campbell appearing on the bottom) started being used sometime around 1879.
These are two oyster shells. This is apparently very common around Georgetown. People ate a lot of oysters and they simply threw them away in the back yard.
Here’s a shard from the bottom of a glass bottle.
Here’s a small lump of coal left over from when the homeowners heated the house with it.
Finally, here’s a shard of pottery. But GM’s not convinced this is particularly old. There are a few straight “creases” on it that suggests more modern manufacturing.
So, not exactly King’s Tut Tomb, but still really fascinating to think of these prosaic items just sitting there in the dirt for decades, if not over a century.