Artifact Wash and Talk at New Quarter Park

Come to New Quarter Park on Friday, May 13, from 10 am to 12 noon to wash and sort artifacts from recent public archaeology digs at the park led by Fairfield Foundation archaeologists. Gather in the picnic shelters near to park's office and parking lot to participate in this hands-on event. While working, volunteers will learn what the artifacts tell us about early occupants of a house overlooking Queen's Creek, a site 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 an as yet undated brick dwelling with plaster walls once stood there. From the second quarter of the eighteenth-century, the Burwell family of Carter's Grove owned much of the surrounding land, including an outlying farm named New Quarter.

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 nealerm@yorkcounty.gov to register.

New Quarter Park is located at 1000 Lakeshead Drive in Williamsburg. From the Colonial Parkway, take the Queens Lake exit and turn right. Travel a short distance to Lakeshead Drive and follow the signs for 2 miles to New Quarter Park.

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