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Popular archaeology course from RCC-RILL includes three historic site visits

“Archaeology and Early Virginia Landscapes,” a course sponsored by the Rappahannock Community College Educational Foundation’s Rappahannock Institute for Lifelong Learning (RILL), has been so popular in previous semesters that instructors David Brown and Thane Harpole have agreed to repeat it yet again. However, this time students will have the privilege of visiting not two but three significant Gloucester County sites: Powhatan’s 1607 capital at Werowocomoco, Lewis Burwell II’s 1694 manor house and plantation, and, new this semester, the early 18th-century ruin of Rosewell. Brown and Harpole will examine archaeological research providing new perspective on the physical layout and evolution of past landscapes and discuss the associated findings with their students; meetings have been scheduled for 1 to 3 p.m. on September 6, 13, and 20 (Tuesdays).

Archaeology and Early Virginia Landscapes Instructors Harpole and Brown

Archaeology and Early Virginia Landscapes Instructors Harpole and Brown

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” and other upcoming courses, 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


Left to right: Thane Harpole and David Brown will lecture on “Archaeology and Early Virginia Landscapes” for the Rappahannock Institute for Lifelong Learning this fall.

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