By Pamela J. Cressey
Local American artifacts, dated as early as 8,000 B.C., were present in numerous areas round Alexandria, Virginia. the positioning of a fishing camp, a bustling hub for the export of grain, and a middle of the slave alternate in the course of the early 19th century, Alexandria is wealthy with American artifacts.
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African Americans. Alexandria Gazette, 16, 20, 25 Alexandria Heritage Trail, 7, 17 Alexandria, origins and location, 6, 8 Archaeological commission, 7, 40 Archaeologists, city. See City archaeologist Archaeology Protection Code, 34 Artifacts, 11, 12-17, 18, 21, 27-28, 30, 34, 37, 39. See also Buttons, Pottery Clay, 35, 38 Coffins, 36-37 Community work, 33, 38—39. See also Volunteers Cressey, Pamela, 7, 19, 21, 22, 27, 29-31 Dating mediods, 11-12, 14-16, 23 Developers, 7, 10, 33-34. See also Urban renewal Duke Street, 25-27 Filter systems, 23, 24 Flakes, stone, 34 Fort Ward, 7, 9-12, 33 Free blacks, 6, 27, 28-29, 31, 32, 37 Glass factory, 30 Guns, 9, 11, 15 Hayti neighborhood, 6, 28-29, 32 Bakeries, 19-20 Baptists, 28 Bones, 36 Bottoms, the, 28, 29, 32 Bromberg, Francine, 36, 37, 39 Brooks family, 29-31 Buttons, 31-32, 37 Philadelphia, 38 Population, 9, 27 Porringer, 38 Ports, 8, 20 Potomac River, 8, 9, 19 Pottery, 12-13, 27-28, 32, 34-35, 38 Privies, 14-16 Quaker burying ground, 7, 35-36 Quakers, 21-22, 28, 35, 37 Shephard, Steven, 36, 37, 39 Shuter's Hill, 24 Shuter's Hill plantation, 7, 39-40 Slavery, 6, 9, 21,25-28, 40 Smidisonian Institution, 13, 14, 16 Soil layers, 11-12 Spear points, 34 Spectrometer, 38 Starr, Dorodiy, 10-11, 33 Stonegate, 34, 35 Sugar refining, 20-21 Indians, American, 34-35 Jamestown, 6 Jamieson Bakery, 20 Tax records, 18, 24 Torpedo factory, 14, 17 Urban renewal, 12, 13, 17 King Street, 7, 12-17, 22, 27 Volunteers, 14, 15, 16, 17, 33 Canal, Alexandria, 7, 9 Canoes, 35 Cemetery, 35—36 Childhood, 18-19,23 Cholera, 23-24 Cisterns, 20, 23-24 City archaeologist, 17, 19, 34, 40.
On the stick when they take it o u t . . it looked like a stone They rolled it up and down, up and down, and there'd be two of us sitting at the molds I was mold girl once, and then I also [did] what they used to call "snapper" when it came out of the moid. [I'd] be right there with my... gadget and snap it off.... When I first worked there 1 was making $3 [a week] We got paid every two weeks When the factory closed down I was making $15 a week. 31 / finding the forgotten people. of nearly 200 buttons buried in the soil.
One of my most exciting moments occurred when I was interviewing Mr. Henry Johnson, an 80-year-old black Alexandrian. Mr. Johnson walked me around town, telling me what he'd seen as a young man. I felt as if I were in his mind's eye, seeing the town in the early years of the 20th century. The greatest moment was when he told me that the black neighborhood we were excavating was once called Hayti. What a thrill to know this! MJA Have you seen any changes in the approach to archaeology? PJC Yes. Before I came here most of the artifacts that were rescued from big construction sites had belonged to rich people and businesses.