The discovery by archaeologists
"They literally found where the courthouse was," said
The 1836 courthouse, a two-story brick structure, was the second for the county, replacing a wood frame building. It sat slightly closer to
The current building was built in 1903 and served as a courthouse for several decades.
Stratton said Monday's work revealed a "builders' trench" that typically was used by workers as they constructed a building. Part of the trench appears to be filled with debris from when the building was torn down in 1868.
Besides finding part of the building footprint, a "handful of artifacts" also were found, said Mansberger, including pieces of glass, a pipe stem, ceramic pieces and spikes and nails. The dig also uncovered holes for a line of fence posts and an architectural piece that likely came from the 1868 courthouse.
Stratton said typically items found during such digs are given to the state
Koos said depending on what is discovered, the
Mansberger and Stratton, archaeologists for
The corner of the southeast wing was uncovered Monday.
Mansberger said the work also includes looking under the sidewalk on the south side of the museum.
The dig is required because the museum received a
In addition to searching the south side of museum lawn, Mansberger said an archaeological dig will be conducted at the four corners of the property were four new trees will be planted.
While he's not expecting to find much if anything on three corners, Mansberger is looking forward to the dig on the northwest corner.
"That's the site of two early jails," he said.
To see the "data recovery plan" developed by Mansberger and Sutton for the site, go to pantagraph.com.
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