Archaeological dig sheds some light on the lives led in a turn-of-the-century tenant house
[Turn of the century? Why, that was just 7 years ago!]
Joelle Browning was digging for history when a piece of the distant past reached out to her from under a foot of dirt.
It was a ceramic doll's arm, not much longer than a matchstick. She took it by the hand.
Carefully rubbing the dirt away, Browning could discern four tiny fingers. It appeared to have been made without a thumb.
She held the relic in her palm, one hand from the past touching one hand from the present.
Moments like that are why Browning chose to become an archaeologist.