Archaeology and Preservation at Fairfield Plantation

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Gloucester, Virginia USA – August 2013, August 2014, June and August 2015

AiP jammers explored the link between archaeology and preservation in-depth, literally and figuratively, during AiP’s project at Fairfield Plantation in, you guessed it, Virginia.

excavations at Fairfield Plantation Gloucester VirginiaThe group joined Fairfield Foundation’s co-directors Thane Harpole and Dave Brown, and a host of historic masonry specialists as they looked for artifacts, learned about different types of masonry, and repaired sections of the house ruin’s foundation wall. The week included lectures and background discussions on archaeology, the site and the importance of Fairfield Plantation, and learning about historic masonry.

As one jammer said, she’ll never look at brick masonry again without noticing whether it is English, Flemish or American bond! Tours to James Town and Colonial Williamsburg, with behind-the-scenes access were “the icing on the cake”, according to Patience De Roo, who came from Michigan to jam.

Volunteer archaeological excavation Virginia Fairfield PlantationAiP and the Fairfield Foundation will continue this very fruitful partnership and offer a similar opportunity to incorporate archaeology into a preservation vacation next year. In the meantime, check out these photos and read the Fairfield Foundation’s account of their wonderful week.

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