Amateur archaeologists can get their history fix in the area as Public Archaeology Dig Days in York County continue in September.
Archaeologists from the Fairfield Foundation, a non-profit that promotes public involvement in archaeology, are looking for area residents to join them in a dig to sort through artifacts that date back hundreds of years, according to a release from the county. The dig will focus on the Ellyson Armistead site, an 18th century manor located at the center of the park.
The Armistead site is one of several foundations mapped by a French cartographer in 1782. Although the structure was later abandoned and had since disappeared by the time the county opened the park in the 1980’s, archaeologists found the most prominent site on the park property in 2015.
Now, archaeologists are looking to recover artifacts from the site. Some of the recovered items might include bricks, nails plaster, shells, ceramics, glass, stone and metal fragments.
On Thursday and Friday, volunteers can come out to New Quarter Park in York County to participate in this historic dig. Participants can sign up for shifts from 9:30 a.m. to noon or 1-4 p.m. on either day. For each shift, there are ten available slots.
To register, email Fairfield@FairfieldFoundation.org.