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Fredericksburg’s Slave Auction Block

by Bernard K. Means I live in Fredericksburg, Virginia. Whenever I walk into town, usually at least once a week, I walk partly down William Street and cross its intersection with Charles Street.  When I do this, I pass a small stone block. Located at this same corner is the Olde Town Butcher Shop and … Continue reading

Note to Self: Bring More Megafauna

by Bernard K. Means In late August, I was forwarded an email sent to Merry Outlaw, Curator of Collections at Jamestown Rediscovery.  In the email, Holman Middle School teacher Alayna M. Tignor was inquiring about replicas of artifacts from Jamestown and Merry referred her to my lab. I was of course happy to provide some … Continue reading

A VAST Undertaking

by Bernard K. Means Five years ago, former Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) students Mariana Zechini and Ashley McCuistion help form the VCU student group known as the Virtual Archaeology Scanning Team, or VAST. Tomorrow, we begin a new semester with VAST, now led by students Wasamah Shaikh (President), Jensen Wainwright (Vice President) and Madelyn Knighting … Continue reading