by Bernard K. Means, Director of the Virtual Curation Laboratory
Today’s animation is a prehistoric pit feature excavated by Virginia Commonwealth University alumni Lauren Volkers and Vivian Hite at George Washington’s Ferry Farm.
The feature, of unknown primary function, was secondarily used to dispose of refuse from nearby activities. These included stone tool maintenance (evidenced by microflakes) and stone boiling (evidenced by thermally altered stone), possibly in one of the sand-tempered pots whose fragments also made their way into the pit feature. It was scanned on August 1, 2014, on the last day of excavation this year at Ferry Farm.