Outside the Colony

21 Aug

Discovered in an area outside of the 17th century village, this iron artifact was excavated using a block lift technique.  To preserve the integrity of the artifact it was wrapped with layers of gauze which were then coated with melted wax.  Once the wax hardened, the artifact could be removed safely from the ground.  Once it was removed, it was brought to our conservation lab where the crew delicately removed the soil surrounding it.  This is a time-consuming process but was necessary to recover and preserve the fragile piece.  We know that it was manufactured of wrought iron and has some deterioration but by the shape of the artifact and the burial context, we’re led to believe that this may be a 17th century scythe.  A scythe would have been used for the same purpose as we use it today!  It’s a tool used for cutting crops such as grass or wheat, with a long-curved blade at the end of a long pole attached to which are one or two short handles.