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The Archaeology of Pins

By Eleanor Breen / Project Manager, Archaeological Collections Online If you excavate a domestic feature on a historic site and use waterscreening and floatation to recover small finds, you are likely to find plenty of straight pins.  This is especially true … Continue reading

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Putting a Pin in it!

By Eleanor Breen / Project Manager, Archaeological Collections Online Following along from our blog from last week – from pin holders to the actual pins themselves… Would you believe that from 1760 through the beginning of the Revolutionary War, George … Continue reading

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Shaken, Not Stirred – Screening the Midden’s Fill

By Esther White / Director of Archaeology When we’re excavating, one of the popular questions is always, “What do you do with all that dirt?”  The quick answer, “We screen it to recover artifacts” isn’t quite the whole story.  The … Continue reading

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Time Detectives and Material Culture

By Joe Downer / History / George Mason University I’m a member of “Team History” interning here in the Mount Vernon Archaeology Department. I am a senior at George Mason University studying American History, and my time at Mount Vernon … Continue reading

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