Saturday, May 05, 2007

By their artifacts, you shall know them
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.