Bone tool made by a Virginia Indian found in the wellWith the archaeologists out of the field, work now shifts inside to report writing, working on the digital archive, and research, among many other things. In the lab, discoveries continue to be made. While washing artifacts from the well, volunteers have discovered tools fashioned out of bones. Two small bone needles have been found in the past few weeks. One of the needles has an engraved design on both sides. These were likely made by Virginia Indians for use in net or basket making.
Mark on barrel staveFurther discoveries were made as the conservators cleaned the wooden staves of the well barrel prior to conservation. Several markings have been seen on some of the staves, which could signify the contents of the barrel, or possibly the maker's mark of the cooper who made the barrel. The wood is oak, and it is hoped that scientific analysis of the wooden staves and hoops can determine if the barrel was made in Europe or in North America.