by Lisa Tome
Ralph Koziarski is learning a lot about how Port Deposit used to be.
Koziarski, a site manager for archeological digs for URS Corp., and others, are sifting in the land on North Main Street, looking for history.
The crew started working on Monday, November 10, and will remain on site digging in adjacent locations until this Wednesday.
The dig is making way for a future temporary bridge and eventual bridge replacement in 2016.
Before historic lands can be disturbed for construction they must be checked for artifacts.
"We have a whole city block over here. Mainly from the second half of the 19th century. We have at least four buildings (remains) here. We want to get an idea of of how people coped with industry changes in Port Deposit and how that translated into day to day life," said Koziarski.
In the first three days of the dig, the crew recorded at least 1,000 items that they found. Koziarski said that items found included old alcohol and medicine bottles, 19th century nails and pottery and more. "There is a lot of history here, 200 plus years of this town," he said.
"We are basically sifting through their garage. We can determine their level of wealth and see what they held on to. In nine or 10 days, we can get a reasonable evaluation. A quick glimpse," he said.
A public meeting is set for Tuesday, November 18 about the Maryland State HIghway Administration project. The meeting will address questions regarding the planned bridge replacement on Susquehanna River Road (Route 222) over Rock Run. The new bridge will replace an aging bridge. It will feature wider shoulders and have a northbound sidewalk. To avoid impact on the historic mill on Route 222, the project will shift roadway alignment to the west. Te work is scheduled to begin in June 2016 and should be completed by that August. The estimated cost is $3.3 million.
The meeting will be held at Perryville High School from 5:30-7 p.m. You may arrive at any time within this duration.