Newlin Grist Mill digging into archaeology

The Newlin Grist Mill is offering an appropriate way to dig into history on Saturday, Oct. 15, as it celebrates International Archaeology Day as well as the mill’s final 2016 public archeology excavation.

The public is invited to participate in the final public archaeology project of the year at the Newlin Grist Mill.

The public is invited to participate in the final public archaeology dig of the year at the Newlin Grist Mill on Oct. 15.

From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., the public is invited to participate in this convergence of events by assisting professional archaeologists with excavations. Current excavations focus on the area of the property between the 1704 Grist Mill and the site’s archive building, originally a general store.

Previous archaeological digs this year have uncovered portions of the tunnels that enclose the grist mill’s tail races, which run 214 feet long and consist of stone walls with vaulted arch ceilings, and the attached sawmill. More fascinating finds are expected.

This event is free to the public and open to all ages. No reservations are required. Those who would like to help out with the dig should bring work gloves and wear clothes that can get dirty and close-toed footwear. For more information, call 610-459-2359 or visit http://www.newlingristmill.org. To learn more about International Archaeology Day, visit https://www.archaeological.org/archaeologyday.

Founded in 1960, the Nicholas Newlin Foundation aims to preserve land and historic buildings for the pleasure and education of the public. In an area of urban growth, the foundation maintains open land as a refuge for plants, animals, and birds, and for the people who come to enjoy them and offers visitors insights into the vanished life of the rural 18th century.

 

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