Animation of the Day: Prehistoric Pit Feature from George Washington’s Ferry Farm

by Bernard K. Means, Director of the Virtual Curation Laboratory

 

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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.

Lauren Volkeng thrs excavating the prehistoric feature.

Lauren Volkers excavating the prehistoric feature.

Assisting Vivian Hite with waterscreening of the prehistoric feature's  fill.

Assisting Vivian Hite with waterscreening of the prehistoric feature’s fill. Photograph by Laura Galke.

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.

Scanning the prehistoric feature. Photograph by Laura galke.

Scanning the prehistoric feature. Photograph by Laura Galke.

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