Student Group Discovers 6,000-Year-Old Ax at Mount Vernon


Six millennia after a stone ax was carved, it was rediscovered by a pair of Ohio teens on an archaeological dig at George Washington’s Mount Vernon estate.

The students from Archbishop Hoban High School in Akron, Ohio, were on an archaeology field trip to George Washington’s historic home on Oct. 12 when they helped to discover a 6,000-year-old stone ax head at the site of Mount Vernon’s African American cemetery, Mount Vernon spokeswoman Melissa Wood said.

The ax, which is about seven inches long and three inches wide, is similar to axes dating back to the Archaic period of Virginia’s history, or roughly 4,500 to 8,000 years ago.

“The axe provides a window onto the lives of individuals who lived here nearly 6,000 years ago,” Sean Devlin, Mount Vernon’s curator of archaeological…

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