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Field crew excavating a trench in 2004 Soil stains of graves in a 2004 trench A grave, in a 2004 trench, disturbed by grading during construction of the gas station George Washington University/Alexandria Archaeology Field School students excavating a trench floor GWU/Alexandria Archaeology Field School students excavating a unit through the buried cemetery surface
Outline of the tops of the sides of a hexogonal coffin Oyster shells decorating the surface of a grave Volunteers and field crew excavating near identified and outlined graves Volunteers excavating a buried cemetery surface near the center of the site Rows of graves uncovered along the southside of the cemetery
A public tour of the excavation Field crew recording graves parallel to South Washington Street The tops of the sides of two hexagonal coffins, outlined with string for recording The outlines of two rectangular coffins Broken cinder blocks and gray roofing slate from construction of the gas station pressed into three grave shafts
An in situ coffin lid screw, a drawing showing placement from the Quaker Burying Ground Site and an excerpt from a 19th-century catalog Coffin lid thumb screw Coffin lid thumb screw and 1871 hardware catalog page (AA) A coffin hinge in situ, a drawing of it, and hinges in an 1865 catalog A coffin hinge in situ
In situ coffin hinge fragments and similar hinges in 1871 catalog Coffin hinges in situ at the shoulders of a hexagonal coffin used for opening the top part to view the deceased A coffin with exposed headboard wood and six bail-type handles, disturbed by gas line Ceramic buttons found in 1999 in a grave disturbed by grading (URS Corp.) 19th-century pearlware, stoneware and whiteware ceramics and clear glass
Piercy slipware earthenware, ca. 1792-1809 (AA) Coal fragments (AA) Oyster shells Three Civil War-period Minnie balls found in cemetery surface soil Metal boot spur
Fragments of a canning jar, dating after 1858, possibly used as a grave decoration A fragment of an unmarked marble gravestone found during excavations Quartz fragments from prehistoric tool making, called debitage Prehistoric stone tools A backhoe filling in an excavated trench after fencing has been placed
City surveyors determining the depth of fill (required to be a minimum of 2 ft.) after excavation was completed        

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