The public is invited to get hands-on with history as they help wash and sort artifacts from recent archaeological digs at York County's New Quarter Park. Participants will examine artifacts associated with Native Americans, 17th-century settlers, and the occupants of an 18th-century manor overlooking Queens Creek during the program scheduled for Friday, March 17, from 10 a.m. to 12 noon, at New Quarter Park, 1000 Lakeshead Drive.
Many artifacts have been uncovered during archaeological digs at New Quarter from 2006 to 2016, including shells, bones, bricks, plaster, glass, pottery, ceramics, and metal fragments. These discoveries have renewed interest in the property's 18th-century use.
Public archaeology at New Quarter Park is 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 and artifact wash days in 2017.
For more information, visit the York County Parks, Recreation and Tourism (PRT) website at www.yorkcounty.gov/parksandrec, call New Quarter Park at (757) 890-5840, or PRT at (757) 890-3300.
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