Smith’s St. Leonard Site Update

Staff archaeologists are still hard at work continuing the excavation of the slave quarter at the Smith’s St. Leonard site where our Public Archaeology program took place this past summer. Recently, an iron bit was discovered at the base of the plowzone where other horse furniture has been found, such as a stirrup and various harness ornaments. This “curb bit” has a jointed mouthpiece and is often, but not always, a riding bit as opposed to a bit used for cart or plow animals. Do these discoveries indicate that there was a stable here? Or perhaps a slave living at the quarter specialized in horse furniture repair? As of yet, we don’t know. The borders of what appears to be a very large structure where these artifacts were found haven’t been determined yet, so stay tuned and we will keep digging!

Bridle bit in situ


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