waiting for the analysis

The preliminary investigation is finished and now we’re just waiting for the lab analysis from the archaeologists and the paint and color specialists. No dramatic discoveries that will make any headlines, but an accretion of little things that ought to give us a better idea of  when the building was constructed, the walls plastered, and the painting and stencils applied. The wall paintings really are exceptional, and soon we’ll post a schematic from Autocad that will give everyone a good idea of what the parlors would have looked a couple hundred years ago. It’s been a pleasure being there with Chris Frey and Frank Welsh, listening to them explain something about the several layers of plaster, for example, or the profile of the nails pried from the lath and what that tells us about the age of the building. There’s years of scholarship behind those generalizations and inferences.  I’ll eventually post the complete reports here in the hope that a few people will be as interested as I am.

One Response to “waiting for the analysis”

  1. Frank L. Greenagel Says:

    Chris Frey’s analysis determined the red pigment is lead, not iron, which is what I would have expected. Now we have to try to figure out the significance of a lead pigment in a distemper paint.

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