· Archaeology ·
Undertaken in conjunction with the regrading and restoration of the North Garden’s Boxwood Knot rose garden, this October 2011 dig was commissioned during an 11-day window when the area was cleared of vegetation. From three test units and 10 shovel test pits, 893 artifacts were recovered. The knot garden’s southeast corner revealed a brick rubble layer identified as architectural debris from a past event containing handmade bricks with sparse fragments of burnt lime. In the garden’s northwest corner, a post hole was found – possibly part of a fence dating to the area’s use as a working yard or a post-in-ground outbuilding or arbor.