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Video – US Route 301 Archaeology Update

Written on: August 28th, 2012 in Archaeology UpdatesUS301

One of the largest and most complex features identified at the Houston-LeCompt site is a cellar, which appeared under the plowzone as a dark, rectangular soil stain with an abundance of stone and brick. Watch as Dovetail archaeologist Johnie Sanders talks about the ongoing excavation of this exciting feature.


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US Route 301 Archaeology Update

Written on: August 28th, 2012 in Archaeology UpdatesUS301

  House post with a possible interrupted sill The archaeological fieldwork at the Rumsey/Polk Tenant/Prehistoric site is nearing an end, and we sure do have a lot of data from the site.  Two overlapping historic occupations (one mid- to late 18th and one early to mid-19th century in date) have left a cascade of over […]


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US Route 301 Archaeology Update

Written on: August 28th, 2012 in Archaeology UpdatesUS301

We’re under way at the Bird-Houston Site. This corner of a flat, muddy field was somebody’s home for 150 years, from around 1770 to 1920. The house here appears on no map and was never noticed by the tax collector. Even on surveys of the property the spot is just mapped as a wood lot. […]


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US Route 301 Archaeology

Written on: August 20th, 2012 in Archaeology UpdatesUS301

This week a number of personal items were found that tell us about the individuals who lived at the Rumsey/Polk Tenant/Prehistoric site. Most notably, thanks to the sharp eyes of archaeologist and crew member Neal Sexton, a decorated domed brass artifact was identified as the butt cap to an 18th or early 19th-century flintlock pistol […]


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US Route 301 Archaeology Update

Written on: August 20th, 2012 in Archaeology UpdatesUS301

  The Houston LeCompt site this past Saturday The Houston-LeCompt Site has had its share of complications as fieldwork has gone on.  Saturday we arrived to find the site largely underwater due to torrential rains in the Middletown area.  It was a long day of bucket bailing, shopping for a sump pump capable of removing […]


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US Route 301 Archaeology Update

Written on: August 20th, 2012 in Archaeology UpdatesUS301

Last week Hunter Research, Inc. started data recovery excavations at the Cardon-Holton Site (7NC-F-128, N14508), another early historic farmstead along the U.S. Route 301 alignment.  (Below is a link to a handout about the site.)  http://www.deldot.gov/archaeology/us301/pdf/handouts/CardonOnePageHandout.pdf Historic research into this property indicated that from 1685 to 1722 this area was part of an extensive  plantation […]


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Video-US Route 301 Archaeology Update

Written on: August 16th, 2012 in Archaeology UpdatesUS301

300 and counting. That’s the current number of features recorded at the Houston-LeCompt site. Some features are small, like post holes and post molds showing us fence lines and shallow refuse pits where remains were thrown away out of sight. Other features, though, are quite large and vastly informative. To date, we have found a […]


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US Route 301 Archaeology Update

Written on: August 15th, 2012 in Archaeology UpdatesUS301

  Archaeologist Matt Sanna holds a stirrup Giddy-yup! Food consumption and horse riding were the themes this week at the Rumsey/Polk Tenant/ site, and we found food remains and “horsey” items galore.  Several large trash pits dating from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries were excavated this week.  A few pits that would have been used to […]


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US Route 301 Archaeology Update

Written on: August 7th, 2012 in Archaeology UpdatesUS301

  Field Crew This week at the Rumsey-Polk site, archaeologists finished  measuring, mapping, describing, drawing and photographing the site’s 530-plus “features” including a possible house, wells, several pits, and over 400 post holes showing house and fence lines. Excavation began on some of the pits with artifacts on the surface and the possible house. Initial […]


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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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