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US Route 301 Archaeology Update

Written on: August 6th, 2012 in Archaeology UpdatesUS301

Boy, we are having fun now! This week’s activities at the Houston-LeCompt site comprised of creating a full site plan map and beginning feature excavation. The location of each of our 250+ features was captured, through the use of a total station (a digital transit), and the data was then used to draft a field map. […]


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US Route 301 Archaeology Update

Written on: July 30th, 2012 in Archaeology UpdatesUS301

  Feature Mapping This week at the Rumsey-Polk site, archaeologists continued to measure, map, describe, draw and photograph the site’s cellar holes, pits, posts, wooden sills, and remains of former structures made and used by the 18th and 19th-century tenant farmers (photo).  Over 240 of these “features” were meticulously and carefully documented to enable archaeologists […]


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US Route 301 Archaeology Update

Written on: July 30th, 2012 in Archaeology UpdatesUS301

What a difference a week makes! Over the past week at the Houston LeCompt excavation, most of the mechanical stripping has been completed revealing myriad features, and many intriguing artifacts. It looks like the site core contains the main house cellar, at least six possible outbuildings, a potential well, and a historic sheet midden. While […]


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US Route 301 Archaeology Update

Written on: July 23rd, 2012 in Archaeology UpdatesUS301

This week at the Rumsey-Polk site, archaeologists worked through the heat and rain to document more “features” – cellar holes, pits, posts, and wells made and used by the 18th and 19th-century tenant farmers.  We found one type of feature that is rarely preserved, remains of wooden sills that once supported “earthfast” houses and sheds.  […]


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US Route 301 Archaeology Update

Written on: July 23rd, 2012 in Archaeology UpdatesUS301

  The last week of work on the Elkins Site saw a gathering of historic preservation specialists from the Delaware Division of Historic and Cultural Affairs, including State Historic Preservation Officer Timothy Slavin.  This meeting enabled the team to share ideas with other specialists and to discuss interpretations and strategies for the site.  Meanwhile, the […]


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US Route 301 Archaeology Update

Written on: July 23rd, 2012 in Archaeology UpdatesUS301

Crossing plow scars cut through a feature uncovered at the Houston-LeCompt site. At the Houston Le-Compt site we have met the enemy, and the enemy’s name is……plow scar! Work continued for a third week, and we have moved from digging sample units to mechanically stripping the plow zone from the 0.8-acre site core. After the […]


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US Route 301 Archaeology Update

Written on: July 17th, 2012 in Archaeology UpdatesUS301

Fieldwork concluded this week on the Elkins site, with work focusing on bisecting the suspected post holes across the site and finishing the larger prominent features.   As could be expected, some of the suspected postholes indeed turned out to be historic posts, while others are now interpreted as “non-cultural” disturbances caused by tree roots or […]


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US Route 301 Archaeology Update

Written on: July 17th, 2012 in Archaeology UpdatesUS301

Excavation of the Houston-LeCompt site made great progress this week thanks to the crew’s hard work and much nicer weather since our last update.  Our process of sampling the plowzone using ten 2×2 meter units is complete!  We have sent over 6,500 artifacts to the lab to keep them busy washing, sorting, and analyzing already. […]


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US Route 301 Archaeology Update

Written on: July 17th, 2012 in Archaeology UpdatesUS301

The first week of the Rumsey-Polk Tenant-Prehistoric site Phase III archaeological fieldwork excavation was off with a bang… and a clang – of the big mechanical excavator! To our surprise, traces of over 120 stains, pits, posts, and wells, otherwise known as “features,” have been found in the northern part of the site. Features like […]


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US Route 301 Archaeology Update

Written on: July 9th, 2012 in Archaeology UpdatesUS301

Work this week at the Elkins site concentrated on feature excavations.  Situated near the base of the knoll on which the stone-lined root-cellar lies is a low un-mortared wall consisting of limonite and local cobbles.  This wall traverses and blocks a now-shallow gully that eventually drains into Scott Run.  Soils situated on the downstream side of […]


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