By Pamela J. Cressey
Local American artifacts, dated as early as 8,000 B.C., were present in a variety of 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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Between 1200 and 500 BCE, Indians started making fired-clay pottery. Before that, they 33 / building partnerships. carved cooking pots from a soft stone called soapstone. Clay is easier to work with than stone, however, and makes lighter pots. The raw material, which the Indians could dig from the riverbank, was plentiful. The earliest vessels were shaped by hand and then baked in an open fire. Over time, the Indians began to build up the sides of the jar by coiling the clay. The outside was shaped with a paddle wrapped with cord.
They can see people studying historic records and transcribing oral history. It's a place where you can come in and ask questions about archaeology. Interaction is the best thing about our museum. MJA What do you like about your job? PJC I am privileged to communicate with so many different people—longtime residents, developers, planners, volunteers, and students. Everyone can become involved in community archaeology so we can all make connections between the past and the present. My favorite project is the Alexandria Heritage Trail—a 23-mile loop of the Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail, where people travel by foot or on bikes through nearly 10,000 years of history.
43 / alexandria, virg-inia, and related Sites. 8,000 years of Native American, Euro-American, and African American culture. The slave quarters at Northampton, a tobacco plantation, have been partially reconstructed. org At the home of George and Martha Washington, archaeologists have discovered artifacts from the family's trash as well as from that of the slaves. The remains of a distillery have also been discovered. Visitors can tour the home, gardens, farm, mill, distillery site, and exhibits.