New Wall Work Reveals Russian-Era Foundation

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A Russian-era rock wall with wooden beams atop it was unearthed recently at the site of theErskine House, where the retaining wall is being replaced. Baranov Museum photo

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The Baranov Museum is known for housing important historical and cultural artifacts, but what most people don’t consider is the history in the soil surrounding the building. Last week, a construction crew working on replacing the retaining wall that borders the museum property uncovered some of that history.

Museum Director Katie Oliver said an archeologist was monitoring the entire project and was there when a historical rock foundation was discovered.

(Baranov Discovery 1: :35 sec "We had an archeologist … 1912 ashfall ash.")

Oliver said that based on past archeological digs on the property, the discovery isn’t that surprising.

(Baranov Discovery 2: :18 sec "It’s likely a Russian era rock … so it’s very exciting.")

The rocks will not be completely removed from the earth, but Oliver hopes to take some preservation measures before the new wall is built.

(Baranov Discovery 3: :30 sec "This is a monitoring project … resources on the site.")

Construction of the new wall will continue as scheduled and the museum will remain open.

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