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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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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.)  https://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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