This weekend, we focused on preparing the brick door opening to begin repair next weekend. We cleaned out chunks of old mortar and broken bricks lying between us and more healthily bonded bricks.
|Graduate Student T. Westfall scrubs some dusty bricks|
|Graduate Student Kathryn Young scrubbing bricks|
|Discussing the mortar experiments with Archaeologist Darlene Applegate and Archaeology Research Student Katie O'Grady|
|Note the small, white flecks, especially in the upper left corner of the picture. I originally thought they might be Mussel shells, but Dr. Applegate confirmed they were unslaked lime/limestone.|
|Testing some mortar bonds on cheap bricks. Its a little sandy.|
|T. chops up a brick into various pieces.|
|The shirt helps cushion the impact and prevent spider-cracking.|