New Quarter Park Invites Volunteers to Get Hands-On with Artifacts

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Archaeologist Anna Hayden, center, will help participants clean and sort artifacts at New Quarter Park on Saturday as part of the "Wash and Talk" program. (Courtesy NQP)
Archaeologist Anna Hayden, center, will help participants clean and sort artifacts at New Quarter Park on Saturday as part of the “Wash and Talk” program. (Courtesy NQP)

Amateur archaeologists are invited out to New Quarter Park on Saturday to take part in a “Wash and Talk” program led by Fairfield Foundation archaeologist Anna Hayden.

From 10 a.m. to noon, Hayden will lead the public in washing and sorting the artifacts archaeologists and volunteers have unearthed at the park over the past several years as part of the twice-annual public digs.

The most recent dig took place in September and focused on the site of an 18th-century slave quarter for Carter’s Grove Plantation.

“Archaeologists have been excavating this area during biannual public archaeology dig days for the past several years,” a news release from York County said. “All digs have been successful, producing a rich treasure of artifacts.”

Saturday’s “Wash and Talk” will feature many of those artifacts, of which Hayden will discuss the importance while volunteers handle and clean them.

This program is free and open to the public, and will take place at the picnic shelter area near the park’s office and parking lot.