The students, led by professor Ben Carter of Muhlenberg College, are excavating what they call “the Joy/Flood site,” a mid- to late-18th century home on Weymouth Point, occupied first by Nathaniel Joy, son of Benjamin Joy, who founded Ellsworth in 1763. The modest plot was later occupied by Dominicus and Elizabeth Flood and their nine children, from 1786 to 1811.
The home was likely one story, possibly with a loft. The root cellar — all that remains today — would have been full of curing meats and possibly even brewing beer. Artifacts found have included sherds of ceramic cookware and china, bone-handled utensils, slate pencils and a huge stockpile of contemporary brick. They’ve also uncovered fish and cattle bones in the cellar, which indicate the settlers’ diet.
You can read more in an article by Mario Moretto in the Bangor Daily News at http://goo.gl/r8xK2.