“It’s fascinating to think that long before Columbus set sail this rock was in the ground and lost in the sands of time here at Morven,” said Smith.
The University of Virginia Foundation commissioned an archaeological survey of the land after historical documents and accounts hinted Native Americans once settled at Morven. A team of archaeologists led by Steve Thompson from Rivanna Archaeological Services dug 2,000 test pits across 250 acres. The pits now filled in, were two feet square and extended down to the clay subsoil.
“It’s possible there’s more material below it, that this is a stratified site. That there are levels of earlier occupation below the level that we reached,” said Steve Thompson.
The archaeologists also uncovered an ox shoe that was used by tenant farmers in the 18th century. Tenant farmers were considered the middle class at the time but very little is known about them.