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2nd Thursday Science Talks

May 10, 2018 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

2nd Thursday Science Talks take place on the second Thursday of each month from 6 to 7 p.m., October through May.  Attendance is free thanks to generous contributions of all sizes to the VMNH Discovery Fund.  Presentations are delivered by VMNH curators, research associates and collaborating scientists.  Geared towards audiences with a keen interest in science, the presentations also increase awareness of the varied and unique scientific career paths available for local students.

May 10, 2018

Eyreville: Archaeology on Virginia’s Eastern Shore
Presented by Dr. Elizabeth Moore, Curator of Archaeology

Located on the eastern shore of the Chesapeake Bay, an early component at the Eyreville site is allowing archaeologists to examine Virginia’s colonial settlement and adaptation in the early 17th century. Discovered during stump removal after a tree fall, parts of this site contain Dutch yellow brick, elaborately decorated Dutch pipes, and several early coins among a wide variety of artifacts. Features include a foundation, a buried hearth, and many features with oyster shell and animal bone including pig and cow. An examination of the animal remains provides a unique opportunity to examine how early colonists adapted their foodways to meet the conditions and resources of the New World.