In fact, Dawn, the other TA, is comparing our cellar to South’s in an effort to determine socio-economic status of the citizens of Bath.
Bath was a fairly new town when the building was constructed in the 1720s, and the community would have wanted to encourage immigration and one of the best ways to do that was to show that the town had the money to burn on bricks.
My second, and completely ludicrous idea, goes along with the story that Blackbeard’s men came and settled in Bath after his beheading in 1718 and brought all their money and loot with them.
They invested in the warehouse and put in a secret passage to their buried treasure in the cellar.
I hope we find it soon; my student loans are stacking up…
The wood would have most likely been used to prevent slipping on wet brick.
The Palmer-Marsh House has one of the three known 18 century cellars in Bath, which includes ours and one that Stan South dug in the 1960s in the yard of the P-M House.
Now that we have a large portion of the cellar wall exposed, it appears that the foundation of the building was in Flemish bond; and as all you good preservationists know, that’s the fanciest bond.
So, one of the questions I am asking, is why would a communal warehouse be constructed in a way that would require the most bricks, or even with bricks at all?
This formula is used by all colonial archaeologists to help date their sites.
There are currently two other formula methods; Hanson’s ten linear formulas and the Heighton and Deagan curvilinear formula.
I won’t expand on these right now, other than to say that they are loosely based on Binford’s, are much more confusing and are rarely used.