Artifact Wash and Talk at New Quarter Park

New Quarter Park, the York County Historical Museum, and the Fairfield Foundation are teaming up on two more upcoming Fridays, October 28 and November 11 to wash and sort artifacts from recent public archaeology digs at the park led by Fairfield Foundation archaeologists. The public is invited to gather outdoors beside the park office to participate in this hands-on event. While working, volunteers will learn what the artifacts tell us about early occupants on the bluff overlooking Queen's Creek, now located near the center of the county park.

Many artifacts were uncovered during archaeological digs at New Quarter Park from 2006 to 2015. The artifacts date from pre-historic times until around 1800 with the majority of shells, bones, bricks, plaster, glass, pottery, ceramics, and metal fragments defining the early to mid-eighteenth-century use of the site. Apparently, the site was occupied continuously through the colonial period and a brick dwelling with plaster walls was built there in the early eighteenth-century. Later in the eighteenth-century, the Burwell family of Carter's Grove owned much of the surrounding land, including an outlying farm named New Quarter (today's Cheatham Annex).

Public archaeology at New Quarter Park in 2013 to 2015 was conducted by The Fairfield Foundation in cooperation with York County, the York County Historical Museum, the Tidewater Virginia Historical Society, and the Middle Peninsula Chapter of the Archaeology Society of Virginia. The organizations plan to continue public archaeology dig days in 2016.

Registration is required to participate in the Wash and Talk events. Call York County Parks, Recreation, and Tourism at 757-890-3513 or email to register.

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