ALBANY, N.Y. — Students and faculty in a state college’s archaeology field school are excavating sites in an Albany neighborhood linked to the Underground Railroad.
The dig being conducted on properties along Livingston Avenue in the city’s Arbor Hill neighborhood has yielded shards of china, pieces of ceramics and a stem from a clay pipe with the maker’s name on it. The project is focusing on African-American history and Albany’s role in the 19th century abolitionist movement.
The Times Union reports (http://bit.ly/2uGP2V8 ) one of the sites being excavated was the home of a couple who hosted significant gatherings of the anti-slavery movement.
Trenches have been dug on the former locations of outhouses, which also served as the era’s garbage pits. Archaeologists working on the project say that’s often where the best artifacts are found.
Information from: Times Union, http://www.timesunion.com