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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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US Route 301 Archaeology Update

Written on: January 2nd, 2014 in Archaeology UpdatesUS301

To help share the details from the excavation of the Houston-LeCompt site and the general history of Delaware, Dovetail Cultural Resources Group has been working on creating two different exhibitions: one will focus on the Houston-LeCompt site itself, and the second will be a general historic artifact traveling display. Utilizing artifacts from the Phase I, […]


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US Route 301 Archaeology Update

Written on: December 17th, 2013 in Archaeology UpdatesUS301

Alternative Mitigation of the Polk Tenant Site (7NC-F-111). This month at Versar we’re blogging about an example 3D cut-away model of an 18th or early 19th-century well found in New Castle County. Part of our task in examining the archaeological record of wells excavated across Delaware is to prepare 3D models that help show what […]


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US Route 301 Archaeology Update

Written on: December 11th, 2013 in Archaeology UpdatesUS301

Analysis of Burials from the Elkins Site (7NC–G–174) The analysis of the human skeletal remains recovered from the Colonial era Elkins site in New Castle County by Hunter Research. Inc., is well underway at the University of Montana.  Under the supervision of Professor Ashley McKeown, several graduate research assistants have been collecting data from the […]


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US Route 301 Archaeology Update

Written on: December 3rd, 2013 in Archaeology UpdatesUS301

For the past two weeks Hunter Research has been testing a predictive model developed for the identification of physical remains of early roads in the Delaware landscape: in this case one of the late 17th century Cart Roads, probably laid out by Augustine Herrman and certainly in place by 1740.  We have termed it the […]


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US Route 301 Archaeology Update

Written on: December 3rd, 2013 in Archaeology UpdatesUS301

Over the past 20 years, the Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) has used cutting edge methods to look for and to study archaeological sites in Delaware.  One method is analysis of a site’s soil chemistry (also known as soil geochemistry analysis).  By specifically looking at the concentration and pattern of certain elements from soil samples […]


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US Route 301 Archaeology Update

Written on: November 22nd, 2013 in Archaeology UpdatesUS301

Dovetail is currently working through the vast Houston-LeCompt (7NC-F-139) artifact assemblage.  The lab staff has completed washing the Phase II artifacts and has begun cataloging. In just the first few days of cataloging, we have discovered many new treasures to add to the substantial collection of noteworthy artifacts recovered at this site. Among the extravagant personal […]


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US Route 301 Archaeology Update

Written on: November 21st, 2013 in Archaeology UpdatesUS301

As we noted in one of our earlier blog entries, the Polk Tenant Site (7NC-F-111) was excavated by archaeologists from Richard Grubb and Associates in 2011.  As a result of their evaluation study, the Grubb researchers determined the site to be eligible for nomination to the National Register of Historic Places.  One of the features […]


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US Route 301 Archaeology Update

Written on: September 16th, 2013 in Archaeology UpdatesUS301

Skeletal Analysis of Burials from the Elkins Site (7NC-G-174) The unmarked burials were excavated to avoid destruction from the US Route 301 highway project, and the discovery and analysis are being conducted in accordance with state law.   The human skeletal remains recovered from five burials associated with the Elkins Site are in the process of […]


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US Route 301 Archaeology Update

Written on: September 16th, 2013 in Archaeology UpdatesUS301

Alternative Mitigation of the Polk Tenant Site (7NC-F-111)Versar’s recent research into wells is telling us that they represent a very old  and very conservative technology.  The earliest wells that have been documented archaeologically are from Cyprus.  These wells were dug about 10,000 years ago into hard, chalky sediment to reach deep, underground streams that flowed […]


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