Archaeologist Christine Davis held up the tiny ceramic jug that would have been a little girl's toy more than 150 years ago.
It was one of dozens of artifacts unearthed around the Fort Pitt Block House during a recent two-day dig at the historic site.
Things like the broken toy jug, which is no more than 1 1/2 inches tall, can bring history alive for young people and for their parents, Ms. Davis said today.
Archaeological dig turns up artifacts
Archaeologists have turned up dozens of objects during a two-day dig at the Fort Pitt Blockhouse. (Video by Steve Mellon; 8/21/13)
Items found during the archaeological survey in Pittsburgh's Point State Park reflect all eras of the neighborhood's history, Emily M. Weaver said. She is curator of the Fort Pitt Block House.
The block house, built in 1764, is the oldest authenticated building in Pittsburgh. It is the only structure remaining from the Colonial-era Fort Pitt.
Ms. Davis and Ms. Weaver today showed off some of the items found last week during the archaeological excavation.
While the land around the brick building is now a grassy state park, the site has been home to several military fortifications, at least one elegant home, smoky industrial plants, noisy railroad yards and crowded tenements, Ms. Weaver said.
While Ms. Davis said much work remains to be done in conserving and classifying the newly discovered artifacts, they already add details to the story of life at the Point.
Items found include a Native-American bear-tooth pendant, 19th century toys, fragments of Pittsburgh-made glass bottles and imported ceramics.
The archaeological dig was done in preparation for the planting of a new garden to honor one of the founders of the Allegheny County chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. The Fort Pitt Society, a part of the DAR chapter, has owned and maintained the block house since 1894.
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