JACKSONVILLE Emil Britt wasnt hitting the bottle in a workshop attached to the family barn that was unearthed in 2014, archaeologist Chelsea Rose has concluded after finding bottle remains.
At first I thought maybe he
was drinking in the barn, said Rose
Closer examination found that the tops had been broken off and the bottoms scored before being cut away.
The altered bottles likely served as seedling covers for young sprouts.
The discovery shows that Emil Britt continued the experimentation in agriculture that his father, Peter, had started in the 1800s, says Rose
The amount of preserved material surprised Rose, a research archaeologist at Southern Oregon University.
A backhoe operator carefully pulled back layers, said Rose
, allowing volunteers and students to plot and retrieve artifacts.
It was not a typical excavation, said Rose
They both were innovators, said Rose
What makes the site particularly interesting is we know so much about the Britt family and their contributions to the region.
Only representative samples of the 917 construction material artifacts found were retained.
Other items fall into categories related to function such as commerce, personal, domestic, hardware, food storage, electrical, heating and lighting, furnishings and a category called "indefinite," which was the largest group with 517 artifacts, including many containers.
People going up the new Britt ramp on the south side of the festival grounds are on top of the covered-over workshop.
The majority of the barn likely remains underground immediately to the west and north with whatever artifacts it may contain.
Excavation would probably only happen, Rose
said, if a construction project takes place in that area, which is adjacent to the back of the Britt main stage.