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    Vintage Excavation

    The salvage excavation of 44IW14, an 18th-century manor house along the James River conducted by the VRCA with students from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, winter 1977. Credit: Mark Wittkofski

  1. Artifact

    These two cathedral-style pickle bottles were found within separate trash pits at a Civil War-era encampment in the town of Falmouth. This site was excavated by Dovetail in 2016. Credit: Dovetail CRG

  2. Fieldwork

    Dovetail archaeologist Brad Hatch excavates a historic dog burial at the Riverfront Park site in Fredericksburg. Excavated in 2015 and 2016, the site revealed evidence of millenia of human occupation. Credit: Dovetail CRG

  3. Landscape

    This picture shows the remains of a burned structure dated to A.D. 1275 at the Carter Robinson site in Lee County, VA. Six houses, including Structure 2, shown here, have been partially excavated at the site. This block contains the remains of three structures built atop one another; the second structure in this sequence is shown. Portions of the eastern and northern walls, with intact preserved log and daub walls, were uncovered. Credit: Maureen Meyers

  4. Public Outreach

    On a sunny day during Gloucester County’s 2014 Daffodil Festival, crowds interact with Fairfield Foundation representatives during a public excavation, including some brave enough to try their hand at archaeology. Credit: Fairfield Foundation

  5. Lab Work

    This picture shows the remains of a burned structure dated to A.D. 1275 at the Carter Robinson site in Lee County, VA. Six houses, including Structure 2, shown here, have been partially excavated at the site. This block contains the remains of three structures built atop one another; the second structure in this sequence is shown. Portions of the eastern and northern walls, with intact preserved log and daub walls, were uncovered. Credit: Maureen Meyers

  6. Vintage Artifacts

    Whiteware plate fragment with a maker’s and importer’s mark found during the investigation of an antebellum slave quarter associated with Poplar Forest’s Sites A and B. (July 13, 2010) Credit: Poplar Forest



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CATEGORY: Vintage Excavation



    Excavation overview showing the west portion of the cobblestone surface associated with the Carriage Turnaround located in front of Jefferson's Poplar Forest retreat house. (1990) Credit: Poplar Forest

  1. Brad Hatch, Andrew Wilkins, and Lauren McMillan at Stratford Hall Plantation, July 2006.Brad Hatch, Andrew Wilkins, and Lauren McMillan at Stratford Hall Plantation, July 2006. Credit: Lauren McMillan

  2. Thane Harpole uses a transit that is comically too short for him while working on archaeological excavations at Rosewell Plantation in 2007 in Gloucester County. Credit: Fairfield Foundation

  3. The salvage excavation of 44IW14, an 18th-century manor house along the James River conducted by the VRCA with students from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, winter 1977. Credit: Mark Wittkofski

  4. Establishing the grid at Coan Hall, Northumberland County, Virginia. December 2011. Credit: Brad Hatch





CATEGORY: Public Outreach

    This photo, taken in June 2015, is from the ASV-COVA-ASV Certification Field School at the White House Farm (44PA0300), Page County, Virginia. Owen Butler and his mother, Sharon, had just joined the ASV and this was Owen’s first dig. Dating to 1760, the White House sits on the floodplain of the South Fork of the Shenandoah River. Deep alluvial deposits require deep excavations to get to the 1760 level, and Owen is just hitting that layer in this photo. Beneath it is a Late Woodland Page component, and he came down on some of those artifacts. Not bad for a first time! Now a teenager, Owen continues to participate in ASV activities. Credit: Carole Nash

  1. The Archaeology Department is currently excavating outside of the South Pavilion on the West Lawn. We interact with visitors daily (shocker) and offer daily site tours. Credit: Monticello

  2. Archeological Society of Virginia volunteer, Jackie Cuyler, and UMW student, Morgan Fries, excavating at 44ST615, Stafford County, VA. July 2016. Credit: Lauren McMillan

  3. Public Outreach at Washington’s Boyhood Home, July 4, 2013. Credit: George Washington Foundation

  4. On a sunny day during Gloucester County’s 2014 Daffodil Festival, crowds interact with Fairfield Foundation representatives during a public excavation, including some brave enough to try their hand at archaeology. Credit: Fairfield Foundation

  5. GWU Field School students Katie McKendry and Eleanor Janhunen share the artifacts they excavated at Shuter’s Hill (44 AX 175) in Alexandria during the site open house event. Credit: Alexandria Archaeology

  6. Elementary school students discovering artifacts and learning about the process of archaeological excavation as part of Poplar Forest’s “Kid’s Camp.” (July 19, 2012) Credit: Poplar Forest






CATEGORY: Landscapes

    This picture shows the remains of a burned structure dated to A.D. 1275 at the Carter Robinson site in Lee County, VA. Six houses, including Structure 2, shown here, have been partially excavated at the site. This block contains the remains of three structures built atop one another; the second structure in this sequence is shown. Portions of the eastern and northern walls, with intact preserved log and daub walls, were uncovered. Credit: Maureen Meyers

  1. Site overview with UMW students at 44ST615, Stafford County, Virginia. May 2016 Credit: Lauren McMillan

  2. Robin Ramey exposing the Washington House (c. 1727- early 1800s) Foundations, 24 April 2015. Credit: The George Washington Foundation

  3. The GWU Field School students pose for a group shot behind the test units they excavated in search of an 18th century outbuilding at Shuter’s Hill (44 AX 175). Credit: Alexandria Archaeology

  4. Excavation overview of a portion of the eastern half of the cobblestone surface associated with the Carriage Turnaround located in front of Jefferson’s Poplar Forest retreat house. (August 5, 2013) Credit: Poplar Forest




CATEGORY: Vintage Artifacts

    Whiteware plate fragment with a maker’s and importer’s mark found during the investigation of an antebellum slave quarter associated with Poplar Forest’s Sites A and B. (July 13, 2010) Credit: Poplar Forest




CATEGORY: Laboratory

    Cataloguing taking place in Poplar Forest’s archaeology lab as part of the reanalysis of artifacts recovered during the excavation of Jefferson’s Wing of Offices. (July, 30, 2013) Credit: Poplar Forest






CATEGORY: Artifacts

    Fragments of a stoneware vessel found in fill from a pipe trench with Monticello in the background. Credit: Monticello

  1. These shell beads were uncovered from the Carter Robinson mound site in Lee County, VA. All stages of shell bead manufacture have been found at this site, concentrated in a large structure located near the mound. Credit: Maureen Meyers

  2. Overglaze pearlware ceramic sherd (left) examined using precisely angled lights to reflect the remaining transferprint residues to reveals an image of a woman wearing a high-wasted gown andspencer (right). May 5, 2014) Credit: Poplar Forest

  3. The image here is from the field school at Eyreville (44NH0507). Dozens of 17th century pipe bowls and stems were recovered. These are a few with maker marks. 5/17/2017 Credit: Mike Clem/VDHR

  4. North American Stoneware pan, recovered from Ker Place, Onancock, Virginia. May 2012. Credit: Lauren McMillan

  5. Artifact image: Robert Carter wine bottle seal recovered from the bulkhead entrance to the cellar at Coan Hall (6-15-2017). Credit: Barbara Heath

  6. A Union Army Belt Plate recovered from Washington’s Boyhood Home, where Union Army corps were entrenched in 1862, and thousands of enslaved Americans crossed the Rappahannock to Stafford from Confederate-held Fredericksburg. Inspired by Parson Weem’s biography of Washington, Lincoln visited the home site on May 23, 1862. Photo taken Feb 8 2013. Credit: The George Washington Foundation

  7. These two cathedral-style pickle bottles were found within separate trash pits at a Civil War-era encampment in the town of Falmouth. This site was excavated by Dovetail in 2016. Credit: Dovetail CRG




CATEGORY: Fieldwork

    Archaeologist Craig Kelley exposing a stone partition in Jefferson’s Textile Workshop. The base of the chimney is at the bottom of the image. Finding these features was a surprise! Credit: Monticello

  1. This picture shows the University of Mississippi Field School students excavating the remains of a burned structure dated to A.D. 1275 at the Carter Robinson site in Lee County, VA. Credit: Maureen Meyers

  2. University of Mary Washington students cleaning for the end of season photographs at 44ST615, Stafford County, Virginia. July 2016. Credit: Lauren McMillan

  3. Archaeological Fieldwork In Progress. Taken on 11/15/15 at the Oak Hill Plantation Slave Quarter Site (44PY0440-0005) in Pittsylvania County. Keith Adams and Lucy Treado recording their bisection of a large brick-lined subfloor pit. Pit fill dates from between 1825 and 1850. Credit: Randy Lichtenberger

  4. Excavation of the cellar at Coan Hall (6-16- 2017). Credit: Barbara Heath

  5. "Power T" during University of Tennessee, Knoxville excavations at Indian Camp, Powhatan County, Virginia. Summer 2012. Credit: Brad Hatch

  6. Anna Rhodes and Michele Brumfield work on cleaning a tricky section of a brick bat foundation in 2014, discovered east of the manor house at Fairfield Plantation in Gloucester County. Credit: Fairfield Foundation

  7. Dovetail archaeologist Brad Hatch excavates a historic dog burial at the Riverfront Park site in Fredericksburg. Excavated in 2015 and 2016, the site revealed evidence of millenia of human occupation. Credit: Dovetail CRG

  8. GWU Field School student Jake Thatcher excavates a test unit in search of an 18 th century pathway at Shuter’s Hill in Alexandria (44 AX 175). June 3 rd , 2017 Credit: Alexandria Archaeology

  9. Fieldwork taking place within the boxwood maze as part of the Carriage Turnaround Project at Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest. (July 25, 2013) Credit: Poplar Forest