Archaeology Excavations Slated for North House Museum and Arbuckle's Fort

May 18, 2000

An expanded version of the award-winning public archaeology project conducted at the Arbuckle's Fort site in Greenbrier County, West Virginia, in 1997 is slated by the Greenbrier Historical Society for May 15 through May 30.  

Students and individual volunteers will once again work alongside a team of professional archaeologists led by Dr. Kim McBride, to uncover the history of early West Virginia. The public will be able to participate in hands-on activities at the excavation, at public artifact washing and sorting sessions, a museum exhibit and an interactive website  

Expanded to include a second excavation site at North House Museum, in Lewisburg, WV, the project will make archaeological excavations and historical research on the early settlements of West Virginia accessible to the public. The project will include a focus on African-American occupation of the fort and a contrast fort life and material culture with the expanding Euro-American settlement in the Greenbrier Valley in the 18th and 19th centuries.  

The public will also be able to follow the excavations through an interactive web site,, as they did during the 1997 excavations. The site was selected by Super Site for Kids in 1998 for its Editor's Choice Award, and in 1999 the site was selected as one of the best archaeology sites for children by the Internet Scout Project Kids Report, sponsored by National Science Foundation.  

For more information, contact North House at 301 West Washington Street, Lewisburg, WV, telephone number (304) 645-3398 or e-mail

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