Below are photos of this year’s archaeological dig on The Hill in Easton, part of an effort to prove The Hill is the oldest community in the nation established by free blacks. This year’s dig is taking place on the property of the Women’s Club of Talbot County (18 Talbot Lane). Residents of The Hill are believed to have lived and worked on the property and the archaeology students from the University of Maryland and Morgan State University are looking for evidence of their presence during the dig. The dig will continue through Friday, July 26, and the public is welcome during the hours of 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. each weekday.
The scene at the dig. Today was a special weekend open house for the public.
One of the students was sifting through the dirt that had been dug out of the test pits.
He found several pieces of pottery. He would lick them to see if they were porcelain. Porcelain pieces won’t stick to your tongue.
He also found a porcelain button.
Other students were working in the test pits. Morgan State student Brittany explains what they’ve found so far in this photo.
This test pit is a tricky one to work in due to the tree roots.
The students are finding a lot of oyster shells in the test pits. They say that oyster shells were given to chickens in the yard. The chickens would eat the shells to aid in their digestion. They have found other evidence of a chicken coop during the dig.
One of the most exciting finds so far this year is this 1794 metal coin.
The back of the coin.
The students had some of their finds on display, including a metal toy gun, marbles, a door hinge and other objects.
Tools of the trade.
The students also had a washing station where they were rinsing finds from another dig in Talbot County. Following are photos of those artifacts:
The rinsing station.
The students found this glass bottle with the word ‘Baltimore’ stamped on it.
A piece of porcelain.
Funds for the dig were raised by Historic Easton. You can learn more about The Hill on the Historic Easton web site. If you would like to help support future digs, please click the ‘Donate’ button on the Historic Easton homepage.