One of the first artifacts to be located within level 1 of Feature 124 (a latrine used in late 1862 or early 1863) was this 12-sided bottle. The bottle is just over 10 centimeters in length and 5 centimeters in width. We have yet to remove the bottle from the latrine, but expect to in the next day or two. Prior to its removal, it is mapped and photographed. As it is removed, the bottle will be bubble wrapped and boxed for transport to the Gilmor Archaeological Laboratory at Heidelberg University. Once we have it cleaned we will post another picture of this unusual bottle.
It did take us several days to get the bottle out of the latrine. The reason we leave the bottle in place (insitu) is to allow us to explore any materials that may be associated with it and to also document its depositional history. This means we need to discover exactly at what level the bottle was added to the latrine, which will usually be at the bottom of the artifact. Below is a picture of this 12-sided bottle once we got it to the laboratory. We have rinsed off the soils on the outside, but have not thoroughly clea
ned out the interior.