Last Updated: Aug 15th, 2014 - 09:27:40


Unearthing history in Prince George
By Ashley McLeod, Staff Writer
Aug 15, 2014, 09:20

ASHLEY McLEOD/HOPEWELL NEWS/NEWS-PATRIOT People dig for items and sift the dirt searching for signs of the Colonial Village at Cabin Point in Prince George.
PRINCE GEORGE — Volunteers of all ages dug and sifted through dirt searching for signs of the Colonial Village at Cabin Point last week.

The Prince George County Regional Heritage Center held an archaeological dig in Spring Grove in hopes of finding where exactly the settlement was located.

“Cabin Point was the main road down to Claremont, which was a major port of commerce in the colonial days. So we’re looking for the village where the people lived and made their living off the water,” said Carol Bowman, executive director at the Heritage Center.

The volunteers, which included archaeologists from the Regional Archaeological Curation Center at Fort Lee, dug into the ground, dumping the dirt into giant sifters in order to try and find artifacts and evidence of where the village could have been located.

Among the items found were pottery fragments, pieces of smoking pipes, brick, and ceramic that dates in the 1700 to 1800s. The pieces found at the site are to be washed, examined, recorded, and then will either be put on display or safely stored.

The Heritage Center will hold two more digs in the near future, one at the Bland Cemetery on September 27, and another visit to the Cabin Point area on October 25. Volunteers are welcome to both digs.

For more information, call (804) 863-0212 or email pghistory@aol.com.

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