By Pamela J. Cressey
Local American artifacts, dated as early as 8,000 B.C., were present in numerous locations round Alexandria, Virginia. the location of a fishing camp, a bustling hub for the export of grain, and a middle of the slave alternate throughout the early 19th century, Alexandria is wealthy with American artifacts.
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Little, eds. Historical Archaeology of the Chesapeake. : Smithsonian Institution Press, 1994. Steen, Sandra, and Susan Steen. Colonial Williamsburg. New York: Dillon, 1993. 47. Index Pictures and captions are indicated by page numbers in bold. African Americans. Alexandria Gazette, 16, 20, 25 Alexandria Heritage Trail, 7, 17 Alexandria, origins and location, 6, 8 Archaeological commission, 7, 40 Archaeologists, city. See City archaeologist Archaeology Protection Code, 34 Artifacts, 11, 12-17, 18, 21, 27-28, 30, 34, 37, 39.
122, 1999. Cressey, Pamela J. To Witness the Past: African American Archaeology in Alexandria, Virginia. : City of Alexandria, 1993. Walk and Bike the Alexandria Heritage Trail: Guide to Exploring a Virginia Town's Hidden Past. : Capital Books, 2002. , and Emory L. Kemp. The Alexandria Canal: Its History and Preservation. Morgantown: West Virginia University Press, 1992. , and Carol A. Hodges for National Capital Area Chapter, American Planning Association. , Old Town Alexandria,Virginia, and Historic Annapolis, Maryland.
They make sketches and take photographs. They dig with the sides of their trowels, leaving large artifacts in place. They collect the scrapings in buckets and take them over to large screening trays. When the loose dirt is shaken off, many artifacts become recognizable—rusted nails, pottery sherds, a clay doorknob, a belt buckle. Many of the artifacts, such as needles, thimbles, and buttons, are associated with laundry work. On the final day of the dig, the teens are still scraping away the dirt enthusiastically.