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Indigenous history prompts archaeological expedition

Posted on Wednesday, June 27, 2018 at 10:25 am

The Department of Historic Preservation from the University of Mary Washington has been conducting an archaeological expedition along the Rappahannock River via a federal grant. This story begins in 2016 when Professor of Anthropology and Archaeology at St. Mary’s College of Maryland, Julie King, was recruited by the National Park Service to conduct an exploration of native artifacts on the Captain John Smith Trail. The purpose of this mission was to better understand the Indians that lived on the land while Captain Smith was there. Through research and archaeological digs, King was able to uncover enormous amounts of history on the Trail. It was after this project that she realized that there were substantial pieces of history along the nearby Rappahannock River; however, during her research, she quickly learned that there was very little exploration of the Rappahannock River Valley. She said the reason for this untouched archaeological gold mine was that the river is a “well-preserved watershed.” This being said, King decided to take matters into her own hands and uncover the secrets that laid beneath the ground by the Rappahannock. Returning home, King met with Chief Anne Richardson of the Rappahannock Tribe; it was during this time that the idea for the “Uncover the Rappahannock” project was birthed.

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