Here's the latest update from Dr. Kathleen Deagan at the excavations at the Mission Nombre de Dios:
Good week- no rain! We are still mostly in the tabby section (the Friar’s living quarters) of the La Leche Shrine/Hermitage, although intrepid volunteers Don Roberts, Phil Guilliford and Carl Lindenfeld have been working on the stone section and have found the north wall of the Chapel and or Shrine building.
|Carl and Don working hard.|
|Southwest corner of the building - not quite at right angle!|
Some of the feature we thought were interior walls are actually narrow linear strips of rubble that are only a few centimeters thick. One of them has apparent postmolds cutting through it, and so maybe these very shallow features are actually accumulated rubble along a pillared walkway, or cloister.
|Small stone wall feature on the north side of the tabby section.|
RoxAnna and Allison have been excavating this rectangular feature, and found a broken glass bottle inside, about 20 centimeters below the top. It’s a case bottle – a square-sectioned bottle – of dark green glass. It could have been used for spirits, wine or medicine. The same area had lots of animal bone and charcoal, and we are wondering if it may have been related to food preparation at the hermitage, conveniently close to a water source.
|Visitors stopped by to ask RoxAnna about the project.|
Text and images by Kathleen Deagan.
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