Today, we worked in the outbuilding yard, where many buildings such as kitchens, slave houses, ice house, wash house, and a smoke house were located.
Before we started the dig, we learned about archaeology. We learned that archaeologists dig to find things from a long time ago to learn about people in the past. Also that artifacts are things that were made or used by people. We also learned that it is very important to know where we find the artifacts to learn about the past. Archaeology sites can be destroyed very easily, so we should always work with an archaeologist when digging them.
During the dig, we worked with Lori and Jay. They taught us how to dig with a trowel, keep the layers of soil separate, sift the dirt, and find artifacts.
We found old nails, window glass, pieces of bottle glass, bricks, coal, cooking stones, and chert flakes. Some of the most interesting artifacts that we found were a piece of plate and a pig tooth.
Based on these artifacts, we learned that the buildings in this area were made of wood and brick. Some of them had windows and were used as a place where people lived or cooked food, such as slave houses and a kitchen. Some were places were people worked, such as the smoke house. Based on the pieces of chert and fire cracked rock found, we know that Native Americans lived and made tools here at Riverside thousands of years ago.