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Archaeology addressed in lifelong learning course

“Archaeology and Early Virginia Landscapes,” the latest course from the Rappahannock Community College Educational Foundation’s Rappahannock Institute for Lifelong Learning, will be taught by renowned local archaeologists David Brown and Thane Harpole on April 17, and May 1 and 8 (Tuesdays), 1 to 3 p.m., at three significant sites in Gloucester County.

Archaeology and Early Virginia Landscapes Instructors Harpole and Brown

Archaeology and Early Virginia Landscapes Instructors Harpole and Brown

This course, repeated several times by popular demand, uses historical archaeology to provide a new perspective on the physical layout and evolution of past landscapes. Students will visit Powhatan’s 1607 capital at Werowocomoco, Lewis Burwell II’s 1694 manor house and plantation, and the early 18th-century ruin of Rosewell, and will discuss the archaeological findings associated with each of them.

Both Brown and Harpole received their undergraduate degrees from the College of William and Mary, and have conducted archaeological research and outreach in Gloucester County since 1994.They are co-directors of The Fairfield Foundation and founding members of the Werowocomoco Research Group.

Advance registration, with a tuition payment of $35, is required to take this course. For more information on “Archaeology and Early Virginia Landscapes,” or to register, please call Sharon Drotleff at RCC’s Educational Foundation office (804-333-6707, or toll-free at 877-722-3679), or e-mail her at


Photo: Left to right: Thane Harpole and David Brown will repeat their popular Rappahannock Institute for Lifelong Learning course on “Archaeology and Early Virginia Landscapes,” starting April 17.

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