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Beneath Washington’s Feet: Prehistory at George Washington’s Ferry Farm

Post by Aaron Holzbach, Communications Director

Virtual Archaeology Scanning Team (VAST) and Virtual Curation Laboratory team members made their way to Fredericksburg, VA this week to visit George Washington’s Ferry Farm with the scanner in tow. Working with a variety of prehistoric projectile points while there we were able to acquire a decent amount of scans for further manipulation and research. A few of the artifacts presented obstacles with translucency and glare for the scanner’s lasers. However, with the application of a light powder to each stone tool we were able to provide a healthy contact surface for the scanner on which to generate a handful of sharp, new digital topological models. Our findings on Ferry Farm’s prehistoric past will be presented at the 2013 Middle Atlantic Archaeology Conference in Virginia Beach, Virginia.


2 thoughts on “Beneath Washington’s Feet: Prehistory at George Washington’s Ferry Farm

  1. About one in every five artifacts found at George Washington’s childhood home in Fredericksburg were created by American Indians. Some of this material culture goes back at least 10,000 years ago, with substantial Middle Archaic and Middle Woodland use of the site as well.

    Posted by Laura Galke | October 8, 2012, 12:32 pm
    • Thanks for highlighting this important aspect about Ferry Farm’s social landscape. George and his brothers likely saw some of these artifacts…. or at least their enslaved servants did when they plowed the field around Ferry Farm. (Dr. Means)

      Posted by vcuarchaeology3d | October 8, 2012, 2:03 pm

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