Archaeologists Looking for Volunteers to Help with New Quarter Park Dig

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 Participants in last year’s “Dig into History” program at New Quarter Park search for archaeological treasures from the eighteenth-century. (Courtesy York County)
Participants in last year’s “Dig into History” program at New Quarter Park search for archaeological treasures from the eighteenth-century. (Courtesy York County)

No archaeology experience is necessary to participate in an excavation at York County’s New Quarter Park next week.

Archaeologists from the Fairfield Foundation have been excavating the park site — which was once an 18th-century slave quarter attached to Carter’s Grove Plantation — since 2013 and have hosted several volunteer digs to get the community involved.

This year’s first dig will be Wednesday and Thursday, with four sessions in the morning and afternoon on both days. Volunteers will receive training on site.

At previous digs, volunteers and archaeology professionals uncovered numerous artifacts including a 17th-century clay tobacco pipe, the neck of a 17th-century square case bottle, animal bones, nails, oyster shells and pottery.

To volunteer, send an email to Fairfield@FairfieldFoundation.org with your contact information and which day you would like to spend digging.

New Quarter Park is located at 1000 Lakeside Drive in York County. For more information about the park and its programs, call Parks, Recreation and Tourism at 890-3513.

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