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- Published: 29 October 2008
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â€œIt is viewed as a quickie technique, a form of impermanent architecture which we all figured that the settlers would want to abandon in favor of solid cut granite or field stone foundations,â€ wrote Chartier in his blog.
He went on to say that Duxbury volunteers had worked on the only 18th century post-in-ground structure ever found in New England, and only one of a few in the country.
â€œIt has the potential to change our view of architectural styles and techniques and the notion of what was conventional and standard in architecture in the 18th century,â€ Chartier wrote. â€œIn theory, the original builders of the Second Meeting House should have been able to acquire the stones to make a solid foundation, but they didnâ€™t. Why not? That is a new research question and one that we will be investigating over the winter.â€
The discovered only adds to the value of what was already a successful dig. Duxbury Rural and Historical Society Director Patrick Browne told volunteers on Saturday at a wrap-up meeting that they had participated in a special part of Duxburyâ€™s history.
â€œYou folks have been absolutely wonderful,â€ Browne said. â€œEverybody took this seriously and worked hard. You didnâ€™t let anything slip through the sifter.â€
Volunteers at the site said they enjoyed participating in the dig.
Gene Blanchard found a musket ball while sifting dirt. He said he didnâ€™t immediately recognize what the small metal ball was, but had a hunch heâ€™d found something of significance and brought it to Chartier, who confirmed it was an ancient piece of ammunition.
â€œIâ€™ve always been interested in archeology,â€ Blanchard said. â€œItâ€™s always important to learn where we came from.â€
Shelia Lynch, a member of First Parish Churchâ€™s historical committee, said she was drawn to the project because of the possibility of finding Native American artifacts. The second meetinghouse site overlaps with a Native American site called Mortonâ€™s Hole, where a 9,000-year-old spear point was found in the 1970s.
â€œDuxbury is not only a 400-year-old community, itâ€™s a 9,000 year old community,â€ said Lynch. â€œWhat really drew me to this dig was the layers of history.â€