Archaeologists uncover 18th century artifacts from lost town in Virginia Beach

As they dug trenches to reroute storm drains on Princess Anne Road, city crews came up with more than just dirt; they discovered a key part in the history of Princess Anne County, which is now Virginia Beach. 


Archaeologist Nick Luccketti said that they have recovered artifacts dating back to the 18th century.  They found items used by those living in the long lost town of Kemp's Landing, a part of Colonial Kempsville. 

"As far as other colonial towns, this is probably fair to say poorly documented. Which only makes any archaeological remains much more significant,” said Luccketti. 

Nick says they have pieced together bottles and jars, and they have even found the remains of bricks, where a building once stood. 

Mark Reed, the city's historic resources coordinator, says the bricks could be from small warehouses, stores or houses. 

The excavation site falls right in the middle of the Princess Anne Road expansion, a multi-million dollar project that Mark says will go on as scheduled regardless of what is found. 

“It's really a salvage operation. They're going to continue to work. We'll monitor and record and salvage what we can, but they're going to move on and put the pipe in,” said Mark. 

Mark told NewsChannel 3 that as soon as this project is completed, the city's goal is to display the artifacts in a building in Virginia Beach. This will give the public a chance to learn a little  bit more about the long lost town of Kemp's Landing.  

Source: News Channel 3 [September 28, 2011]

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