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Eastern Regional Director Kelley Berliner is taking you behind the scenes for another site visit in Virginia.  This time, Kelley is sharing more about the Prince Edward Soapstone Quarry Preserve in central Virginia. This prehistoric quarry site contains around 150 soapstone boulder piles that were once stockpiled by Native Americans for carving vessels and other objects.

Archaeological research conducted by Jim Jordan uncovered soapstone vessel fragments, stone axes, and a soapstone boulder engraved with an image of a snake. The quarry dates to the Late Archaic – between 3,000 and 1,000 CE.

Learn more about this fascinating preserve and the preservation work that is necessary to protect it for future generations to learn from and enjoy.