A “Closer Look at Everyday Life” provides an opportunity to explore the artifacts from specific features in more detail. In this section, you will find images and information about individual artifacts and groups of objects recovered during the archaeological excavations in this neighborhood that provide additional insights on the people who lived, worked, and played on these properties.
The artifacts recovered from Feature 1 represent a variety of common household objects manufactured and used in the mid to late nineteenth century. Some of these objects may have broken during service, others were probably discarded when they were no longer useful, and some may have been thrown away while house cleaning or during a move. Although these artifacts do not represent every article the occupants of the household used, they provide us a glimpse at the objects people used in their everyday lives. This shaft feature (Feature 1) is particularly interesting because of the number of artifacts related to infants and children, leisure, fashion, and home decorating.
The artifacts recovered from Feature 5, located behind 2921 Richmond Street, represent common household objects manufactured and used in the mid-nineteenth century. Some of these objects might have broken during use, others may have been discarded when they went out of style, became obsolete, or in the process of cleaning or relocating the household. While these artifacts do not represent every article the occupants of the household used, they provide a look at some of the objects utilized in this home during this time period. This shaft feature is interesting because of the presence of a number of artifacts related to food storage and dining. In addition, some of the ceramics and glassware represent portions of matching sets.