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Artifacts Unearthed

Students dig for artifactsFor almost 100 years, students walked on the crushed shell, then gravel, then concrete walkway from High Street to the Rotunda.
On October 6, the Longwood College Archaeology Field School concluded 500 student hours
of digging for artifacts at this site.

 
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.

sterling silver thimble   pin with a decorative overlay

Treasures from the past: left - a sterling silver thimble; right - a pin with a decorative gold overlay.

Photographs © Dennis Sercombe

 

  
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