US Route 301 Archaeology Update

December 27th, 2012
 
Well excavation at the Noxon Tenancy Site

Well excavation at the Noxon Tenancy Site

The last act of fieldwork at the Noxon Tenancy Site was the excavation of our wells. There were two on the site.  They were both dug in the same way: first, the well is dug to a depth of 4 feet by hand. Then, a backhoe is used to widen the excavation, creating a large hole around the well like the one in the picture above. Then, hand excavation resumes, continuing until the bottom is reached or the depth is too great. At the Noxon Tenancy Site, it was possible to reach the bottom of both wells this way. Once we reached the bottom of the wells, there wasn’t much else to do except clean up the site, pack up all of our stuff and head home for the holidays. 

The bottom of one of the Noxon wells, with remains of the wooden lining The bottom of one of the Noxon wells, with remains of the wooden lining