Archaeology in Downtown Portsmouth: Discovering the Joshua Wentworth Privy

Monday, April 29th, 2013 - 7:00pm
Visitors Center at Strawberry Banke Museum
14 Hancock St.
Portsmouth , NH 03801

As part of New Hampshire Archaeology Month, Dr. Kathleen Wheeler will give a talk on discoveries at one of Portsmouth’s recent development projects. Using a combination of mechanical and hand excavation, IAC discovered four privies while investigating Lot 2 of the Portwalk in downtown Portsmouth in 2010.  Archaeologists recovered thousands of artifacts, including a dozen glass bottles from one privy attached to the property of Joshua Wentworth, wealthy merchant and patriot.  One bottle bears a glass blob seal marked, JOSa WENTWORTH 1773.  This informative talk begs the question,  “whose hands touched this bottle.”


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