House for Families
Things you need to know about the House for Families site before you use the data:
- The House for Families site consists of a 6-by-6 foot, brick-lined cellar remnant, which was intruded by modern construction. No additional architectural or landscape features related to this quarter survive.
- The House for Families cellar was excavated in two field seasons, each run by different principal investigators. Each excavator employed their own sampling strategy. Contexts excavated by the Virginia Research Center for Archaeology (1984-1985), identified as "40," were waterscreened through 1/4 inch mesh. The remaining feature contexts excavated by archaeologists employed by the MVLA were labelled "47" and were floated and waterscreened. During the removal of the backfill from the 1984-1985 excavations, a substantial portion of the cellar cross-section collapsed. Those sediments were processed as a single mixed provenience (47DELTA) and were waterscreened through one-quarter-inch wire mesh. The remaining intact portion of the fill was excavated stratigraphically, with all sediments removed and subjected to flotation off-site.