Students discover a 6,000-year-old stone axe at George Washington estate 

Students and teachers visiting George Washington’s Virginia estate recently found a roughly 6,000-year-old stone axe on the property. 

It was located in what is now Mount Vernon’s African American cemetery, a site said to have been used by Native American communities long ago. 

“The axe provides a window onto the lives of individuals who lived here nearly 6,000 years ago. Artifacts, such as this, are a vital resource for helping us learn about the diverse communities who shaped this landscape throughout its long history,” Sean Devlin, Mount Vernon’s curator of archaeological collections, commented.

Once catalogued, cleaned, and preserved, the axe will join the estate’s collection of over 50,000 artifacts. 

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George Washington's Mount Vernon estate is seen on October 6, 2019 in Mount Vernon, Virginia. (Photo by Daniel SLIM / AFP) (Photo credit should read DANIEL SLIM/AFP/Getty Images)
ALEXANDRIA, VA - APRIL 21, 2018: The tomb holding the remains of George and Martha Washington is among the attractions at Mount Vernon, the plantation owned by Washington, the first President of the United States, in Fairfax County, Virginia, near Alexandria. The estate and Washington's restored home are today owned by The Mount Vernon Ladies' Association, a philanthropic organization, and is open to the public. (Photo by Robert Alexander/Getty Images)
Tourists gather at George Washington's Mount Vernon estate on October 6, 2019 in Mount Vernon, Virginia. (Photo by Daniel SLIM / AFP) (Photo credit should read DANIEL SLIM/AFP/Getty Images)
ALEXANDRIA, VA - APRIL 21, 2018: High school students on a field trip enter a recreation of a 16-sided barn at Mount Vernon, the plantation owned by George Washington, the first President of the United States, in Fairfax County, Virginia, near Alexandria. The unique barn, in which animals were used to separate wheat from chaff, was designed by Washington. The estate and Washington's restored home are today owned by The Mount Vernon Ladies' Association, a philanthropic organization, and is open to the public. (Photo by Robert Alexander/Getty Images)
ALEXANDRIA, VA - APRIL 21, 2018: Split rail fences at Mount Vernon, the plantation owned by George Washington, the first President of the United States, in Fairfax County, Virginia, near Alexandria. The estate and Washington's restored home are today owned by The Mount Vernon Ladies' Association, a philanthropic organization, and is open to the public. (Photo by Robert Alexander/Getty Images)
MOUNT VERNON, VA - MARCH 21: Mount Vernon Vice President for Guest Experience, Roy F. Young II walks the grounds at George Washington's home during a snow storm on Wednesday March 21, 2018 in Mount Vernon, VA. The property was closed to tourists Wednesday due to the storm. (Photo by Matt McClain/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
ALEXANDRIA, VA - APRIL 21, 2018: A cupola and weathervane are among architectural features of Mount Vernon, the plantation house of George Washington, the first President of the United States, in Fairfax County, Virginia, near Alexandria. The house was constructed by Washington in stages between 1758 and 1778. The house and surrounding land is today owned by The Mount Vernon Ladies' Association, a philanthropic organization, and is open to the public. (Photo by Robert Alexander/Getty Images)
ALEXANDRIA, VA - APRIL 21, 2018: A sparrow gathering nesting materials lands on a split rail fence at Mount Vernon, the plantation owned by George Washington, the first President of the United States, in Fairfax County, Virginia, near Alexandria. The estate and Washington's restored home are today owned by The Mount Vernon Ladies' Association, a philanthropic organization, and is open to the public. (Photo by Robert Alexander/Getty Images)
ALEXANDRIA, VA - APRIL 21, 2018: A hog sleeps in its pen at Mount Vernon, the plantation owned by George Washington, the first President of the United States, in Fairfax County, Virginia, near Alexandria. The estate and Washington's restored home are today owned by The Mount Vernon Ladies' Association, a philanthropic organization, and is open to the public. (Photo by Robert Alexander/Getty Images)
ALEXANDRIA, VA - APRIL 21, 2018: A recreation of a 16-sided barn is among attractions at Mount Vernon, the plantation owned by George Washington, the first President of the United States, in Fairfax County, Virginia, near Alexandria. The unique barn, in which animals were used to separate wheat from chaff, was designed by Washington. The estate and Washington's restored home are today owned by The Mount Vernon Ladies' Association, a philanthropic organization, and is open to the public. (Photo by Robert Alexander/Getty Images)
George Washington's Mount Vernon estate is seen on October 6, 2019 in Mount Vernon, Virginia. (Photo by Daniel SLIM / AFP) (Photo credit should read DANIEL SLIM/AFP/Getty Images)
ALEXANDRIA, VA - APRIL 21, 2018: High school students on a field trip enter a recreation of a 16-sided barn at Mount Vernon, the plantation owned by George Washington, the first President of the United States, in Fairfax County, Virginia, near Alexandria. The unique barn, in which animals were used to separate wheat from chaff, was designed by Washington. The estate and Washington's restored home are today owned by The Mount Vernon Ladies' Association, a philanthropic organization, and is open to the public. (Photo by Robert Alexander/Getty Images)
ALEXANDRIA, VA - APRIL 21, 2018: A stone marker placed near the unmarked graves of Afro Americans who served as slaves at Mount Vernon, the plantation owned by George Washington, the first President of the United States, in Fairfax County, Virginia, near Alexandria. The estate and Washington's restored home are today owned by The Mount Vernon Ladies' Association, a philanthropic organization, and is open to the public. (Photo by Robert Alexander/Getty Images)
ALEXANDRIA, VA - APRIL 21, 2018: A hand wrought iron handle on the door of a tomb which originally held the remains of George Washington at Mount Vernon, the plantation owned by Washington, the first President of the United States, in Fairfax County, Virginia, near Alexandria. In 1831, Washington's remains were transferred from the old deteriorating family vault to a nearby new brick tomb. The estate and Washington's restored home are today owned by The Mount Vernon Ladies' Association, a philanthropic organization, and is open to the public. (Photo by Robert Alexander/Getty Images)
ALEXANDRIA, VA - APRIL 21, 2018: A reenactor in period costume demonstrates how to forge iron objects in the blacksmith shop at Mount Vernon, the plantation owned by George Washington in Fairfax County, Virginia, near Alexandria. Washington was the first President of the United States. The estate and Washington's restored home are today owned by The Mount Vernon Ladies' Association, a philanthropic organization, and is open to the public. (Photo by Robert Alexander/Getty Images)
ALEXANDRIA, VA - APRIL 21, 2018: A reenactor in period costume demonstrates how to forge iron objects in the blacksmith shop at Mount Vernon, the plantation owned by George Washington in Fairfax County, Virginia, near Alexandria. Washington was the first President of the United States. The estate and Washington's restored home are today owned by The Mount Vernon Ladies' Association, a philanthropic organization, and is open to the public. (Photo by Robert Alexander/Getty Images)
The tomb of George Washington is seen at Mount Vernon, the estate of the first US President, in Mount Vernon, Virginia, April 18, 2018, prior to the historic site hosting next week's scheduled dinner between US President Donald Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron. / AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
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