By Pamela J. Cressey
Local American artifacts, dated as early as 8,000 B.C., were present in a number of areas round Alexandria, Virginia. the positioning 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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Martins Hundred. Rev. ed. Charlottesville: University Press of Virginia, 1991. About the archaeological exploration of a lost Virginia settlement. The Virginia Adventure: Roanoke to James Towne: An Archaeological and Historical Odyssey. Charlottesville: University Press of Virginia, 1997. , and Beverly Straube. Jamestown Rediscovery, 1994-2004. Richmond: APVA Preservation Virginia, 2004. Price Hossell, Karen. Virginia. : Lucent Books, 2002. , and Barbara J. Little, eds. Historical Archaeology of the Chesapeake.
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. Some of the pottery fragments found at Stonegate show the impression of the cord. When Adams first surveyed the Stonegate site, he had no idea what he was going to uncover, but when plans were made to renovate and add to the Barrett Library on Queen Street, the city archaeologists were very much aware of what lay under it.
See also Cisterns, Wells Waterfront, 8, 19 Wells, 13-16, 22, 27-28, 29 Williams, Harriet, 27-28 Wine bottles, 12 Pamela J. Cressey has been Alexandria's City Archaeologist since 1977. Alexandria Heritage Trail, A Guide to a Virginia Town's Hidden Past. Margaret J. Anderson has written more than 20 books, both fiction and nonfiction, for young readers. Her books have received such honors as a Smithsonian Magazine Notable Book listing, the 2005 Oregon Historical Society's Stevens Literary Prize for OllaPiska,Tales of David Douglas, and a National Science Teachers Association Award for Outstanding Trade Science Book for Children.