Archaeologist to present findings from Bayly house excavation

CAMBRIDGE – Dr. Julie Schablitsky, the archaeologist who led the excavation at the historic Bayly House in Cambridge this past fall will discuss the team’s findings in a public presentation at 7 p.m. on March 28 at the Dorchester Center for the Arts in Cambridge.

Historic research shows that a cabin behind the Bayly house has stood on the lot since the 19th century, and oral history claims it was a slave cabin. In order to determine the age and function of the building, archaeologists partnered with the Heart of Chesapeake Country Heritage Area and the landowner, Catherine Morrison, to get to the bottom of this mystery.

In September, archaeologists from the Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration (SHA) spent two weeks at the site along the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway, where they unearthed hundreds of artifacts dating to the 18th and 19th centuries. The objects included pieces of plates, wine bottles, glassware, pitchers, buttons, medicine bottles, clay tobacco pipe stems, charcoal and ash, animal and fish bones, and crab shells.

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