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Archaeology Dig @ Natural Bridge’s Barger Cabin
May 30, 2015 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Exploratory archaeological test excavations will be undertaken at the historic Barger cabin, one of several existing log dwellings on the Natural Bridge property. The cabin, once owned by Fanny Barger, remained in the Barger family until 2003. Oral history suggests that the site dates to the 1790s or earlier but existing architectural elements support an early nineteenth-century origin for the cabin. Both the archaeological work and the ongoing documentary research may make possible a more accurate dating of the site’s occupation and the cabin’s construction.
This work is made possible by several sponsoring organizations, including the Mountain Valley Preservation Alliance (MPVA), the Natural Bridge Park and Historic Hotel, the Virginia Conservation Legacy Fund, the Bank of Botetourt, and Hurt and Proffitt, Inc., a land surveying and civil engineering firm located in Lynchburg. The on-site archaeological work will be conducted on 30 May 2015. There will be openings for twenty individual volunteers to participate in all aspects of the work, from excavation to artifact processing and identification. In addition, the general public is invited to stop by the Barger Cabin from 10am until 5pm on the day of the work to observe, free of charge, the site survey and excavations. On-site interpreters will discuss the history of the site as well as the goals of the work.
The cost for individual volunteer participants will be $40.00 per person. This fee will cover a seminar/lecture by the professional archaeologists on the evening of 29 May 2015 at Natural Bridge’s Historic Hotel, interaction with the professional archaeologists during the excavation, expendable field equipment, and a box lunch with drink. Hotel rooms will be available at a special rate for participants who wish to stay over on either 29 or 30 May. A participant contacting the hotel to book a room should provide the code “CABIN#DIG” in order to receive the appropriate discount. To reserve your place as a participant, please send your check for $40.00 to the Mountain Valley Preservation Alliance, Inc., 128 South Main Street, Lexington, VA 24450. For additional information contact MVPA Executive Director Kurt C. Russ at 540-958-8534, MVPA2014@gmail.com or visit our new MVPA website at www.mountainvalleypreservation.org