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Offline Smartmarzipan (OP)

Archaeologists uncover 1800's artifacts
« on: June 20, 2013, 12:14:16 PM »
Archaeologists Make Significant Find of Early 1800s Artifacts On University Campus
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/20 ... 100743.htm

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Some of the items that stand out for Bell are a complete pocketknife, bone toothbrushes, slates, nibs for pens, medicine vials, pieces of a Rockingham Pottery pitcher displaying Rebecca at the Well, bone handles, ammunition of varying kinds, and a jaw harp. And the list goes on.

"There are so many things to be excited about regarding this site," Bell said. "Not only do we have the evidence of the construction of Graham Hall with bricks left from that, but then we can see so much of the daily lives of the students by looking at all that we're finding," said Bell, who is herself a graduate of W&L, in 1991. "As we look, for instance, at the type of buttons and buckles, we have found a range of quality, from copper alloy (brass) and delicate mother-of-pearl buttons to bone buttons.

"Some of the most interesting objects are those that show the academic experience," she continued. "Lots of slate to write lessons on, and what we think are many examples of science labs -- pieces of beakers, thermometers, glass stir rods. It's rare to get a glimpse of early college life like this. We were, after all, among the earliest colleges in the country, so we are one of only a few that would even have an opportunity to see a site like this."
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Re: Archaeologists uncover 1800's artifacts
« Reply #1 on: June 20, 2013, 12:32:08 PM »
Very interesting.  But I would have thought that, at a college, where much writing goes on, there would be an extensive written record of daily, academic, and business life.  Maybe no one thought those details were important enough to write about.

Frank

Re: Archaeologists uncover 1800's artifacts
« Reply #2 on: June 20, 2013, 01:27:02 PM »
Quote from: "FrankDK"
Very interesting.  But I would have thought that, at a college, where much writing goes on, there would be an extensive written record of daily, academic, and business life.  Maybe no one thought those details were important enough to write about.

Frank

Whoa. That just made something click about the current zeitgeist. Back then, they studied history but did not have an eye on the current time one day becoming history and keeping a careful record. These days, we do and maybe keep too detailed a record.

Offline Smartmarzipan (OP)

Re: Archaeologists uncover 1800's artifacts
« Reply #3 on: June 20, 2013, 01:55:45 PM »
Quote from: "the_antithesis"
Quote from: "FrankDK"
Very interesting.  But I would have thought that, at a college, where much writing goes on, there would be an extensive written record of daily, academic, and business life.  Maybe no one thought those details were important enough to write about.

Frank

Whoa. That just made something click about the current zeitgeist. Back then, they studied history but did not have an eye on the current time one day becoming history and keeping a careful record. These days, we do and maybe keep too detailed a record.

Huh, never thought about that.  :-s
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