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US Route 301 Archaeology Update

Written on: September 24th, 2012 in Archaeology UpdatesUS301

At the Bird-Houston Site we spent all week excavating features. On the newer part of the site, where people lived from around 1830 to 1920, several of the features are shallow pits filled with brick rubble. We think these are the remains of brick piers, a simple kind of foundation you can still see at […]


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US Route 301 Archaeology Update

Written on: September 21st, 2012 in Archaeology UpdatesUS301

  Pit Feature At the Bird-Houston Site we spent much of the week working on an archaeological mystery. The largest feature on the site is this pit, which measured about 10 by 11 feet. One quarter of the feature was dug last year during the testing phase. This showed that the pit was roughly cone-shaped, […]


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US Route 301 Archaeology Update

Written on: September 17th, 2012 in Archaeology UpdatesUS301

  Well Well, well, well… At the Cardon Holton site we almost made it to the bottom of the well using conventional hand excavation but with two feet left to go the side walls from the original cone of excavation started to fissure and made further investigations unsafe.  With assistance from the backhoe we were […]


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US Route 301 Archaeology Update

Written on: September 17th, 2012 in Archaeology UpdatesUS301

  Cooking Pit Features Last week at the Cardon/Holton Site the Hunter Research Inc. crew worked hard removing the remainder of pits started last week.  The pit with the juvenile articulated pig turned out to be more complicated than we first thought.  The articulated bones only represented the limbs of one, possibly two pigs with […]


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US Route 301 Archaeology Update

Written on: September 12th, 2012 in Archaeology UpdatesUS301

  Iron artifacts in a shallow pit feature At the Bird-Houston Site we spent the first part of the week mapping and photographing our features. Before they start excavating Archaeologists always make a careful record, by drawings and photographs, of whatever they are going to dig into. And then the payoff – actually digging into […]


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US Route 301 Archaeology Update

Written on: September 5th, 2012 in Archaeology UpdatesUS301

  Kevin McCloskey (left) and John Potts (right) help excavate the cellar at the Houston-LeCompt site. Nine weeks down, one to go! In our second to last week of full-scale excavation at the Houston-LeCompt site, the Dovetail crew grew in number and moved a lot of dirt. Several archaeologists fresh off of the great work […]


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US Route 301 Archaeology Update

Written on: August 31st, 2012 in Archaeology UpdatesUS301

This week at the Cardon-Holton site started off with a downpour but ended with sunshine.  The backhoe was able to finish stripping the plowzone under less than prime conditions with the precision of a surgeon revealing several early historic refuse, storage cellars and of course postholes.  Stripping also revealed additional prehistoric pit features as well […]


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US Route 301 Archaeology Update

Written on: August 31st, 2012 in Archaeology UpdatesUS301

  Excavator working at the Bird-Houston Site This was a big week at the Bird-Houston Site, when we stripped off the plowzone to see what lies beneath. After two long days of following the excavator across the site, we exposed dozens of pits, post holes, and other “features.” This is exhausting work, shoveling up loose […]


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US Route 301 Archaeology Update

Written on: August 31st, 2012 in Archaeology UpdatesUS301

  Joelle Browning measures the circular feature while Sue Ferenbach records the feature on the site map. This week at the Cardon-Holton Site Hunter Research, Inc. was busy removing the plowzone revealing numerous features dating to the early 18th century and possibly the late 17th century.  Along the site’s southern border a large circular stain […]


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Video – US Route 301 Archaeology Update

Written on: August 29th, 2012 in Archaeology UpdatesUS301

While large features like the Houston-LeCompt cellar offer a great deal of information on the buildings that once stood on the site, some small features can highlight the daily activities of its occupants. In this video, Dovetail Lab Manager Kerry Gonzalez discusses a small roasting pit once used to prepare food. She also helps to […]


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