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History uncovered

Archaeologists working ahead of a construction project at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science have uncovered several Revolutionary War artifacts.

The artifacts were recovered last month from cellar fill in an area that had been partially explored earlier. “We knew the cellar was there from archaeology work done in the 1990s. They said at the time they think this is an 18th century feature. We reviewed those maps before we started our excavations,” said Thane Harpole, co-owner of DATA Investigations, the company conducting the VIMS archaeology work. 

“We had already excavated a portion of this cellar,” said DATA co-owner David Brown of work done two or three months ago. The recent digging of a four-foot wide utility trench as part of the construction work returned the archaeologists to the cellar site. 

“We had a number of postholes but hadn’t figured out what they meant,” said Harpole. “And we had questions about the c...

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