August was a busy month for the Dovetail lab, with the Warwick collection being our top priority. The Warwick site is located at the very southern tip of the Route 301 corridor; it is actually in the State of Maryland rather than Delaware, requiring coordination with both states. The site dates from the Late Archaic […]
Alternative Mitigation of the Polk Tenant Site (7NC-F-111) Versar continues to collect information on previously excavated wells from all over the state of Delaware. Last month we reviewed more than 100 archaeology reports prepared for DelDOT over the last 30 years. That review found that at least 50 wells have been identified across the […]
Here is the location of the Polk Tenant Site on the 1868 Beers Atlas Map. And a photograph of a partially excavated well at the Polk Tenant Site.
Update on the Dale African American archaeological site: Samuel Dale’s Strange “Manumission,” 1854 The Samuel Dale who owned the Dale Site lived as a free man for most of his life. Born in 1791, he first appeared in the census as a free man in 1810. He was counted as a free man every ten […]
Versar, Inc. has begun the work of writing up the Polk Tenant Site (7NC-F-111) identified in 2009 and then carefully excavated by the archaeologists at Richard Grubb and Associates. The site includes the archaeological remains of a tenant or farm worker’s house that may have been part of the nearby C. Polk Estate. It is […]
Watch as Michael Carmody, Archaeologist, from Dovetail Cultural Resource Group gives a final update on the excavations at the Warwick Native American Archaeology site.
On May 3, representatives from the Maryland Historic Trust (MHT), the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) visited the Warwick Site. Planned improvements to Route 301 led to the excavation of the site, and, in turn, to coordination with various state and federal agencies. Near the Warwick Site, Route 301 […]
Phase III fieldwork at the Warwick Site ended on May 9th, with the completion of 33 test units. Fifty-nine square meters, or roughly 635 square feet, were excavated during the Phase I through III fieldwork. All artifacts have been returned to the lab for cleaning and detailed analysis. The artifacts will be measured, weighed, and […]
The previous post characterized the Warwick Site as a way station where small groups monitored game trails, sharpened tools, and consumed packed snacks, locally available foods, or both; ongoing excavation of the Warwick Site has reinforced this assessment. Nevertheless, the more robust view of the spatial distribution of artifacts across the site revealed by newly […]
The next task in the ongoing study of the Dale Site is to make write a detailed report on the archaeological findings. Looking back over the work that we did, one of the most interesting items was the geophysical study we made of the site. Archaeologists are always looking for new ways to find out […]