Recent Archaeological Discoveries at WDS

Artifact found during dig

Recent archaeological work at WDS has resulted in exciting discoveries spanning nearly four centuries. Members of Public Archaeology Survey Team, Inc. (PAST), which performed the dig, will shed light on their findings during a multi-media presentation on Thursday, October 26, 2017, at 6:30 p.m. in the Webb Barn. The free event will be preceded by a wine reception (by donation), at 6:00.

During the WDS dig, the archaeologists recovered a wide array of artifacts dating from the 17th through the 20th centuries, and identified several buried-landscape features, including a dry well, a likely privy, and numerous old posts from former structures or fences that will provide important new information about the ways the WDS landscape has changed over time. The recovered artifacts and features represent some of the earliest archaeological evidence of European settlement in Connecticut. According to PAST director Mary Harper, “The amount of cultural material and information on 17th-century ‘lifeways’ we have recovered from theses excavations is truly remarkable.”

The presenters will include: Sarah Sportman, senior archaeologist at PAST, Inc., Ross Harper is senior historic archaeologist at PAST, Inc., and Mary Harper director of PAST, Inc.  PAST is a private nonprofit organization which specializes in archaeological and historical research and public education in the Northeast. In addition to research projects and public outreach, PAST provides professional cultural resource management consulting services, including archaeological surveys, historic building recordation, museum exhibit design, and preservation planning for archaeological sites, historic buildings and structures, and cultural landscapes.