almost 100 years, students walked on the crushed shell, then gravel,
then concrete walkway from High Street to the Rotunda.
Students in Longwood Seminar joined students from introductory and honors anthropology courses in the dig. They marked the area into 40 by 4 foot trenches then began the meticulous process of "lifting" four inches of soil, carrying it to screens and sifting for artifacts. Archaeology Field School Director Dr. Brian Bates and Professor of Anthropology Dr. Jim Jordan supervised the process.
The "first lift" uncovered square nails and other artifacts related to the building. The "second lift" the next four inches of soil yielded personal artifacts including a gold brooch, a silver thimble, part of the porcelain face of a doll, metal buttons and tumbler glass, common in drinking glasses of 100 years ago.
Plans for the artifacts include a presentation in February during a Longwood alumni event at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.
Treasures from the past: left - a sterling silver thimble; right - a pin with a decorative gold overlay.
Photographs © Dennis Sercombe