Public Archaeology at the Christopher Vought House - Required viewing: Fieldwork Orientation Videos -
We sponsored a Public Archaeology Program at the Christoffel Vought House, July 7-12 & 14-19, 2014.
All participants were required to view the fieldwork orientation videos on the right - prior to participating in the dig.
Participants were also required to download & read this flyer:
Safety Issues, Public Archaeology
And, for the curious, a complete Fieldwork Manual is linked here.
Research Focus: A buried foundation southeast of the house, not
damaged by later construction, the base of a 12 x 14 foot structure interpreted as an “ancillary house,” which was used by Germans to house older relatives. This structure may have had other uses. It could have later housed enslaved Africans who lived at the site after the Revolution.
Excavation will expose and straddle a central section along each foundation wall to identify the evidence of doorways, windows, hearths, and to collect a sample of deposits from each side of the structure. Two pits will be dug to collect deposits from the interior of the structure.
Participants should be at least 16 years of age. (Younger participants can be accommodated by special request.) Participants will attend a 2-hour orientation and commit to work for at least one full day (10 am - 3 pm). The participation fee is $15 per day or $65 for five days Monday-Friday. (The $65/5-day fee does not apply to Saturday.)
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