Register now to join professional archaeologists as they excavate a newly discovered manor house on Queen's Creek at York County's New Quarter Park. The public dig will be conducted Thursday to Saturday, April 27 to 29, with sessions in the morning (9 a.m. to noon) or afternoon (1 to 4 p.m.), or morning-only on Saturday. Space is limited to 10 volunteers for each session, so don't hesitate! To volunteer, send an e-mail to Fairfield@FairfieldFoundation.org with your name, preferred date and session, email address, and telephone number. The public is welcome to visit the site and observe anytime during the event.
No previous experience with archaeology is needed and all ages are welcome. Professional
archaeologists from the Fairfield Foundation as well as certified archaeology volunteers lead the
program, instruct volunteers, and provide information about earlier discoveries. Volunteers may also
wash and sort artifacts from the dig.
Since November 2013, Fairfield Foundation archaeologists have been leading excavations at
a site located in the center of the park during public archaeology digs. Archaeologists and
volunteers have uncovered soil stains and artifacts that reveal use by Native Americans as well as
17th and 18th century Europeans and African Americans. Of particular interest is the discovery of the
foundation to a substantial brick manor and an array of artifacts that link it to the 17th and 18th century.
New Quarter Park includes at least a dozen other sites of historical interest. Situated just 3 miles
from Williamsburg with access by road and waterway, the site provided a convenient location for
houses and farms on the outskirts of the urban area.
This York County archaeology dig is sponsored by the Tidewater Virginia Historical
Society, the Archeological Society of Virginia, York County, and the York County Historical
New Quarter Park is located at 1000 Lakeshead Dr. in the Williamsburg area of York
County near the Queens Lake neighborhood. From the Colonial Parkway, take the Queens Lake
exit. Turn right at the end of the exit ramp, travel a short distance, and then turn onto Lakeshead Drive. Follow Lakeshead for two miles to the park.
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