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US Route 301 Archaeology Update

Written on: August 14th, 2014 in Archaeology UpdatesUS301

Osteological and Ancient DNA Analyses of Burials from the Elkins Site (7NC-G-174) Completed Five burials (A, B, C, D and G) were excavated at the Elkins Site (7NC-G-174) in late September and early October of 2012 by Hunter Research, Inc. The osteological and ancient DNA analyses of the four adults and one infant have been completed by skeletal […]


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US Route 301 Archaeology Update

Written on: June 17th, 2014 in Archaeology UpdatesUS301

The Report on the Analysis of Flotation-recovered and Hand-collected Archeobotanical Remains from the Elkins Sites (7NC-G-174), New Castle County, Delaware. Phase III Archaeological Data Recovery by Justine McKnight, Archeobotanical Consultant to Hunter Research, Inc. has yielded some very interesting results which contribute significantly to the archaeological record in Delaware.  INTRODUCTION Phase III archaeological data recovery […]


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US Route 301 Archaeology Update

Written on: June 17th, 2014 in Archaeology UpdatesUS301

Identification and AMS Radiocarbon Dating of Charcoal and Botanic Samples From the Elkins B Site (7NC-G-174) in New Castle County, Delaware By Peter Kovacik with assistance from R. A. Varney of Paleo Research Institute, Golden, Colorado for Hunter Research, Inc.  This report provides carbon 14 dates for five prehistoric pits features from the Elkins B […]


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US Route 301 Archaeology Update

Written on: May 2nd, 2014 in Archaeology UpdatesUS301

Alternative Mitigation of the Polk Tenant Site (7NC-F-111)  April, 2014 One of the things archaeologists are interested in is what archaeological sites can tell us about how people organized their space. We took a look at where the wells in our sample were located to see how far they were from the nearest buildings or […]


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US Route 301 Archaeology Update

Written on: March 25th, 2014 in Archaeology UpdatesUS301

Update for the Levels Road-Rumsey Polk Site Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf? Eighteenth-century occupants of the Rumsey/Polk Tenant/Prehistoric Site (CRS # N-14492; 7NC-F-112) in St. George’s Hundred near Middletown may not have been at the top of the food chain. They struggled to protect themselves with hunting, trapping, and laws providing bounties for […]


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US Route 301 Archaeology Update

Written on: March 25th, 2014 in Archaeology UpdatesUS301

Cardon-Holton Site 7NC-F-128 (Hunter Research, Inc.) Analysis is underway on the data from the Cardon-Holton site 7NC-F-128.  Hunter Research, Inc. is currently working with a range of specialists to explore different types of material recovered in the excavations. The most exciting information to date comes from the preliminary examination of the wood recovered from the […]


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US Route 301 Archaeology Update

Written on: March 10th, 2014 in Archaeology UpdatesUS301

In the course of researching African American life in St. Georges Hundred for the Dale site alternative mitigation, the Louise Berger Group came across the probate records of Thomas Bayard, who died in 1864. Bayard was a farmer who lived just east of Odessa, Delaware, a prosperous man who owned a dozen horses, an “old pleasure carriage,” […]


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US Route 301 Archaeology Update

Written on: March 4th, 2014 in Archaeology UpdatesUS301

Alternative Mitigation of the Polk Tenant Site (7NC-F-111), February, 2014 This month we’re continuing in our analysis of well data in Delaware, taking a look at well depth and the local water table. Perhaps one of the most salient characteristics of the wells in our sample is that many of them are very shallow. None […]


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US Route 301 Archaeology Update

Written on: March 4th, 2014 in Archaeology UpdatesUS301

This past weekend Dovetail assisted the Archaeological Society of Delaware (ASD) and the Delaware Department of Transportation with an artifact display at the Annual Gem Mineral and Fossil show in Newark, Delaware. The show was hosted by a wonderful group of people from the Delaware Mineralogical Society, Inc http://www.delminsociety.net/ Although the show’s primary focus was […]


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US Route 301 Archaeology Update

Written on: January 27th, 2014 in Archaeology UpdatesUS301

Alternative Mitigation of the Polk Tenant Site (7NC-F-111) We have collected data from more than 50 well features excavated in Delaware, and this month at Versar we’re blogging about the beginnings of our data analysis. We have collected dozens of different attributes (such as depth and lining material), and our task now is to look […]


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