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Uncovering a Story - Artifacts on the Site

Follow Vision Chelsea Creek's project team member, Magdalena, as she delves into some exciting artifact excavation and collection through daily (socially distant) site visits. Understanding and preserving historical patrimony means careful field observation, collection and consultation not just with experts but engaging local residents on these shoreline archeological adventures.

There has already been some fascinating discoveries. Each piece has a story to tell. We need your help as we dig for more artifacts and piece together what happened on that site over the course of many decades. We'll be posting pieces here and we look forward to your feedback, ideas and stories!

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Every piece gives us a glimpse into history. Yesterday, on a site #VisionChelseaCreek visit and exploration, I found this interesting, decorative cigarette case. On the back, it says “Silveroin”. I began to scratch and clean the surface but the rust is really hard to remove, telling me that it’s been buried in that dirt for decades. How old is it? I wish I knew. What do you think?


Magdalena LB
Magdalena LB

The date on here says August 8, 1893. Apparently, this is a glass power cable insulator from the olden days! So far there are 4 of these found on the site. How did they get there and what did these actually look like on telephone poles back in the late 1800's and early 1900's?

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