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SCCHC 2012 Pluckemin Rpt 3 Officers Trash

SCCHC 2012 Pluckemin Rpt 3 Officers Trash

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This report, the third in a series that tells the Pluckemin story, focuses on a small corner of the
cantonment. Given the predilection of archaeologists for other people’s garbage, it’s not surprising that a
focus was placed on a garbage dump early in the decade long investigation. Located in the northeast corner
of the site, behind the officers’ Northeast Line of Barracks (Figure 1), it had already attracted the attention of
Clifford Sekel, an historian who re-discovered the Pluckemin site in the late 1960s, wrote a Master’s thesis on
the winter occupation (Sekel 1972), and felt that the profusion of oyster shell, pottery, and nails were
important clues to the location of the site. Surprisingly, it seemed that the garbage pit had escaped the
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attention of archaeologist Max Schrabisch (1916-1917, 1917), who had excavated at Pluckemin in the early
1900s. His work, which seems to have concentrated in the northeast portion of the site, was extensive, but
poorly recorded. This was disappointing, as it meant that much of the officers’ quarters was probably
disturbed and data might be suspect. The garbage scatter behind the building was intriguing because it
appeared to have been untouched by Schrabisch. It therefore offered an opportunity to obtain a small
sample from “officer country,” even though no evidence of construction methods, room sizes, or other
information could be expected.
This report, the third in a series that tells the Pluckemin story, focuses on a small corner of the
cantonment. Given the predilection of archaeologists for other people’s garbage, it’s not surprising that a
focus was placed on a garbage dump early in the decade long investigation. Located in the northeast corner
of the site, behind the officers’ Northeast Line of Barracks (Figure 1), it had already attracted the attention of
Clifford Sekel, an historian who re-discovered the Pluckemin site in the late 1960s, wrote a Master’s thesis on
the winter occupation (Sekel 1972), and felt that the profusion of oyster shell, pottery, and nails were
important clues to the location of the site. Surprisingly, it seemed that the garbage pit had escaped the
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attention of archaeologist Max Schrabisch (1916-1917, 1917), who had excavated at Pluckemin in the early
1900s. His work, which seems to have concentrated in the northeast portion of the site, was extensive, but
poorly recorded. This was disappointing, as it meant that much of the officers’ quarters was probably
disturbed and data might be suspect. The garbage scatter behind the building was intriguing because it
appeared to have been untouched by Schrabisch. It therefore offered an opportunity to obtain a small
sample from “officer country,” even though no evidence of construction methods, room sizes, or other
information could be expected.

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