The archaeological excavations at the Ball-Sellers House–the oldest building in Arlington County–recovered thousands of artifacts relating to the daily life on the property for more than 270 years. Patrick O’Neill, the lead archaeologist will discuss what the project has revealed so far. The investigation uncovered structural details of the razed eastern addition, primarily used as a kitchen and dining area. The project has also raised tantalizing questions about the construction and evolution of the original log house built in the 1740s. The archaeologist will also show several artifacts unearthed in the project.
Patrick O’Neill has conducted research at Mount Vernon and Arlington House. He has also worked with Calloway United Methodist Church in Hall’s Hill to ensure the cemetery received
historic district preservation status. He is the current President of the
Northern Virginia Chapter of the Archaeological Society of Virginia, he has a Bachelors of Anthropology and a Masters degree in history.
This program is free and open to the public. It is part of a monthly
series of public programs sponsored by the Arlington Historical Society and Marymount University’s Department of History and Politics.
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