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PITKINGLASSWORKS EXCAVATIONS CONTINUE
Storyand Photos by John R.S. Dobozy
|Yours truly (center) and Mr. Thomas Duff on right standing in front of the remains of the Pitkin Glassworks building. Tom is the treasurer of the Pitkin Glassworks and has been coordinating the excavations.||A hectic scene inside the ruins as the digging starts. In the foreground and background are the sifters (wood frames with 1/4" steal mesh through which all the soil is sifted in order to uncover the fragments).|
A geometric grid pattern was laid out on theground using wooden stakes and strings to mark the boundaries ofeach section. Particular attention was given to the center of thebuilding, as it is believed that the great furnace was locatedthere. The first section that was excavated was located near thecenter of the structure. Digging commenced slowly, via trowel andbrush, through the dense stone rubble. Several fragments ofperiod glass were excavated including a light yellow-olive lipfrom an early chestnut, a corrugated deep green side section toan early flask, most likely a G VIII 6 Sunburst flask,previously attributed to Keene Marlboro Street Glassworks,a substantial section to a deep green seven ringed NewEngland inkwell (Covill #1171) and a substantial sidesection to a deep olive Pitkin ink with swirled and verticalribs!
|A side section with part of the base intact from a deep green seven - ringed New England inkwell (Covill #1171).||Clockwise from upper left: A substantial side section to a deep olive Pitkin ink with swirled and vertical ribs; A base section to a Pitkin ink showing pontil mark; A lip to an early yellow-olive chestnut; A corrugated side section to an early flask; and a deep green base section with pontil from an early utility or snuff. (photographed on 1/4" grid paper)|
|A corrugated deep green side section to an early flask, most likely a G VIII 6 Sunburst flask, previously attributed to Keene Marlboro Street Glassworks. (photographed on 1/4" grid paper)||Fragments of a yellow-olive Pitkin flask. (photographed on 1/4" grid paper)|
As the digging progressed throughout the daymany other fragments of glass were uncovered. Most were the usualolive-yellows, olive-amber's and various shades of green.However, one small crude piece of slag that was found was deepamethyst! Other fragments unearthed included a flat pontiledbottom from an early utility or snuff and another substantialsection of deep green Pitkin ink with base section and pontilintact. Several corrugated side sections of early flasks invarious shades of green and light olive-yellows were also found,but were too small to attempt to identify.
|Square section of the "grid" are excavated.||Nick Bellantoni, Connecticut State |
Archaeologist, taking notes during the excavations.
At the day's end the deeper excavated sectionswere covered with plywood and then sod. The shallow sections werecovered with plastic, filled with soil and then leveled. This wasall done in order to maintain the appearance of the grounds.
Ground penetrating radar is planned for thenear future and digging will commence in the Spring. It willprobably take a few years to excavate the buildings interior.We'll just have to wait to see what new finds will be uncoveredwhen Spring arrives and digging resumes!
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