Topic ID #31692 - posted 3/10/2014 3:15 AM

Volunteer opportunity: Excavations at 'Nassawadox Creek #1', George Washington-Jefferson NF, VA

Jennifer Palmer

George Washington-Jefferson NF
New! Excavations at 'Nassawadox Creek #1'

May 14-20, 2013 (including weekends)

Must commit to minimum of three days

Join us for another great George Washington-Jefferson National Forest Passport in Time (PIT) project! The project planned for 2014 will take place near the town of Eastville, near the Eastern Shore of the Chesapeake Bay. This year, we will excavate Site 44NH0431, more commonly known as "Nassawadox Creek #1" - so named by Dr. Darrin Lowery during his 2000 archaeological survey of the Eastern Shore. The site is a shell-trash midden, located at Church Neck on an actively eroding sand embankment. To date, artifacts recovered from the site include fire-cracked rock, husks of various species of food-quality shellfish, a steatite bowl fragment, lithic (stone) bifaces, and prehistoric ceramics associated with at least five typologies that have been shown to span the whole of the Woodland Period (ca.1200 B.C. - European Contact (approximately A.D. 1550) in this area).

Unfortunately, the site is currently being impacted heavily by wind and wave action, and suffered serious damage during Hurricane Sandy in 2012. Although information has been lost, it is the goal to recover as much information as is possible from this threatened archaeological resource. PIT volunteers and FS staff will partner with Virginia's Department of Historic Resources, and the Archaeological Society of Virginia to excavate the shell midden and recover its artifacts and relevant data. Time permitting, we will also record and test other threatened sites in the area. This is an incredibly important project, so please join us this spring as we explore and preserve the threatened sites of the Eastern Shore!

Please note: Our excavation units will be adjacent to a beach. At times, high tides may impact sites and field operations. Field conditions will also be remote and primitive; all participants will need to bring a lunch and water daily.

Number of openings: 20

Special skills: Must be physically capable of walking for long periods over moderate distances and in varying terrain each day; must also be physically capable of kneeling/sitting for long periods each day in a variety of weather conditions; previous archaeological survey, mapping, feature and/or artifact identification (particularly Woodland period ceramics), sketching, and/or photography experience helpful, but not required

Minimum age: 18 years old

Facilities: Headquarters and primitive camping facilities for the project will be located in Kirwan Hall, 5.5 miles from Eastville on the East Side of the Bay. Primitive tent camping available at no charge; water and chemical toilets provided; Exmore and Cape Charles are full-service communities with hotels/ motels, restaurants, and a full range of other amenities; volunteers responsible for own lodging/personal camping equipment, food, and daily transportation to and from designated meeting area

Nearest towns: Project based near Eastville; Cape Charles, 11 miles, Exmore 15 miles (mileage from Eastville, not from project area)

Applications due: April 7, 2014

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