New Quarter Park Public Archaeology Dig September 26 and 27

A unique opportunity for those who have always wanted to give a try at archeology The Tidewater Virginia Historical Society and the Fairfield Foundation Team Up to Host New Quarter Park Public Archaeology Dig September 26 and 27

No experience is necessary, since participants will be taught the basics of Archeological excavation. The dig site is at New Quarter Park, near Williamsburg, and is part of a the former Carter's Grove Plantation. It will be held on Friday and Saturday September 26th and 27th and open to the public but supervised by professional archeologists.

The initial work will focus in a small area where some previous digs uncovered colonial artifacts, and will involve archaeological survey, digging small shovel test pits, as well as the excavation of a larger test unit.
The excavations will take place in a wooded area, and will involve mildly strenuous activity such as digging and screening soil. Participants are encouraged to dress appropriately. Personal accessories, like gloves and hats, should be brought by each participant. All over excavation equipment will be provided.

Children between the ages of 4 and 15 must be accompanied by an adult.
Volunteers will be assigned to 3-hour blocks in the morning or afternoon, and space is limited. Contact fairfield@fairfieldfoundation.org to sign up.

Organized and conceived by TVHS board members, it is sponsored by TVHS, the Fairfield Foundation, the Archeological Society of Virginia and York County.

Interested? Email: Fairfield@FairfieldFoundation to reserve a spot and join us.

The 40 slots open in September are spread through the morning and afternoon on both days and will fill fast, so act today.

The public dig, which aims to unearth more details about the slave quarters of the Burwell family landholdings, is open to the public.
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YORK, Va. - The Tidewater Virginia Historical Society (TVHS) and the Fairfield Foundation will hold two public archaeology dig days at New Quarter Park in York County November 21 and 22.
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For more information about the TVHS, visit www.tv-hs.org. Learn more about the Fairfield Foundation Plantation and their other public archaeology opportunities at www.fairfieldfoundation.org.

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