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 exchange through the early 19th century, Alexandria is wealthy with American artifacts.
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Carpenters then built a box around it so that it could be moved to a new burial site without further damage. The remains inside were not disturbed or identified, as requested by the Quakers. The size and joint formation of bones examined at the site provided clues as to whether those buried were men, women, or children. Although Quakers were among the wealthiest people in town, their bones show that many of them had suffered from poor nutrition and serious illnesses as children. Fillings in their teeth indicated that some had dental care, but many of the teeth that were discovered showed untreated cavities.
They then photographed the objects and skilled volunteers drew them to scale. In some cases, plaster casts were made to provide a three-dimensional record of the find. One complete coffin, belonging to an elderly man, was 37 / building partnerships made of iron. The metal was corroded and the top was broken. It took a team of six people three days to record the details of this unusual coffin and prepare it for removal. Carpenters then built a box around it so that it could be moved to a new burial site without further damage.
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