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Touring the Abercorn archaeological dig... fun, educational, and free

by Traci Schumacher on Wed, 04/03/2013 - 10:10pm
Almost 400-year-old live oak at the archaeological site.
Rita reveals recently uncovered chimney bricks.
Kids piecing together artifacts.

In the shadow of a centuries-old live oak in Georgetown, there is an archaeological dig underway, exploring the pre-Civil War and Civil War history of this location. Due to road work planned for the intersection of Abercorn Extension and King George Boulevard, this historic site behind Parker's gas station is being excavated, and free 90-minute tours are available for the public.

With it being Spring Break this week, my kids and I ventured over to check it out. We arrived at the open gate behind the Parker's car wash, and were greeted by Rita, our friendly archaeologist tour guide. She briefed us on the history of the site including past plantations and Civil War activity.

Then she led our group to the dig locations where archaeologists were digging and sifting dirt in their search for clues to the 18th and 19th century life of this area. We learned about archaeological techniques and methods, and saw a variety of artifacts recovered from the site, as well as features like a chimney and stains left by posts. It was a fascinating glimpse into the past.

Near the end of the tour, the kids took part in some hands-on activities such as trying to piece together broken artifacts. We also went in the ArchaeoBus, a former bookmobile converted for archaeological education. The kids had fun with the various activities and exhibits inside the bus.

My children (ranging from 3 to 9 years old) and I had a great time at the site. There's nothing better than an activity that is fun, educational, and free!

One word of warning: be prepared to deal with little archaeologists in your own backyard after visiting this dig. Back at home, my kids were out in the yard with shovels looking for artifacts and “features.” I love their enthusiasm, but I fear for my yard!

If you are interested in visiting the dig, tours are offered Tuesday through Saturday at 8:30, 10:30, 12:30, and 2:30 through May 11. For more detailed information please see their website at You can also find them on Facebook and follow their progress.



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