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Remnants from a pioneering black school unearthed in Williamsburg

Remnants from a pioneering black school unearthed in Williamsburg

WILLIAMSBURG — Archaeologists exploring the grounds of a College of William and Mary dormitory where a sprig of a colonial brick footing was found last year have unearthed the remains of two outbuildings believed to be part of a landmark African-American school.

Combing through a 14-by-90-foot area along the south wall of Brown Hall, students of the joint W&M-Colonial Williamsburg Historical Archaeology field school have uncovered the unexpectedly complete foundations of what appear to be a mid-1700s kitchen and a dairy or smokehouse.

They've also retrieved more than a dozen slate pencil stubs, raising to more than four dozen the number detected during three...

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