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Public Archeology Returns To Park This Summer

Valley Forge National Historical Park

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During the summer of 2009, over 60 volunteers joined archeologists at the park, excavating behind Washington’s Headquarters and looking for evidence of the log dining structure that was erected during the encampment adjacent to the building.

These excavations provided exciting information on the use of the site from pre-contact times until the present. Of particular interest was the discovery of two refuse pits that date to the last quarter of the 18th century, at least one of which was almost certainly in use during General Washington’s occupation of the Potts House.

The remaining unexcavated 18th century ground surface holds great potential for containing intact features, including, perhaps, evidence of General Washington’s dining cabin. This is the area where the archeologists will be concentrating their work in 2010, and they are seeking volunteer assistance.

This summer’s project will run Tuesday through Saturday from June 8th through July 17th.  Potential volunteers are asked to contact Liza Rupp at Liza_Rupp@nps.gov to sign up.



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