Woodworking Artifacts


With Public Archaeology drawing to a close, three very interesting artifacts were found near the slave quarter site at Smith’s St. Leonard, which may help us understand which sorts of activities were taking place there. Two whole and one partial woodworking tools were excavated out of the north end of the site. They are either gouges or auger bits and would have been used to carve out bits of wood from an object. The tools are about 9.5 to 10 inches long with one end come to a flat point-similar to a screw driver, while the other end is scoop-shaped. These tools, along with the many furniture tacks found in this area, suggest that there could have been a skilled carpenter working at the Smith’s plantation.


Archaeologist excavating

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