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US Route 301 Archaeology Update

Written on: March 7th, 2013 in Archaeology UpdatesUS301

  Lab Work The Route 301 archaeological project is abuzz with excitement this week as numerous archaeologists, including Michael Gall and Ilene Grossman-Bailey of Richard Grubb & Associates, prepare presentations for this week’s Middle Atlantic Archaeological Conference in Virginia Beach, Virginia.  Michael and Ilene’s presentation will focus on archaeological excavations at the Rumsey/Polk Tenant/Prehistoric Site […]


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US Route 301 Archaeology Update

Written on: February 6th, 2013 in Archaeology UpdatesUS301

  Winter Archaeology Brrr…. It’s  cold outside but  but sometimes archaeologists must work through the winter to  help keep tight project schedules. We still have to get the work done even if we “turn into snowmen.” Work on Route 301 archaeology at Rumsey/Polk site has taken some ingenuity including bundling up really well, the use […]


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US Route 301 Archaeology Update

Written on: February 5th, 2013 in Archaeology UpdatesUS301

  Closing Photo of the Noxon Tenancy Site At the end of every archaeological field project comes a long list of chores: the site has to be cleaned up and backfilled, the artifacts all have to be packed up and delivered to the lab, the photographs downloaded from the camera, the photo log digitized, the […]


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US Route 301 Archaeology Update

Written on: February 5th, 2013 in Archaeology UpdatesUS301

For the past month Hunter Research has been busy in the lab processing dozens of soil floatation samples, entering information into databases and preparing graphics and End of Fieldwork Summaries for the Cardon-Holton historic site 7NC-F- 128 and the Elkins sites 7NC-G-174.  These sites were evidently not occupied for an extended periods of time and […]


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US Route 301 Archaeology Update

Written on: February 5th, 2013 in Archaeology UpdatesUS301

Kerry González and Adriana Lesiuk Conducting the Weekly Cleaning of Wood from the Houston-LeCompt Wells. During Dovetail’s 2012 summer excavation of the Houston-LeCompt site, 3 wells were uncovered and explored. The wells span the occupation of the site with the first dating to pre-1800, the second to 1800–1865, and the third to 1900–1930s. Initial excavation […]


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US Route 301 Archaeology Update

Written on: December 27th, 2012 in Archaeology UpdatesUS301

  The last act of fieldwork at the Noxon Tenancy Site was the excavation of our wells. There were two on the site.  They were both dug in the same way: first, the well is dug to a depth of 4 feet by hand. Then, a backhoe is used to widen the excavation, creating a large hole […]


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US Route 301 Archaeology Update

Written on: December 10th, 2012 in Archaeology UpdatesUS301

Post from DelDOT Archaeologist David Clarke December 10, 2012 Last Thursday at the Noxon’s Tenancy site, we hosted a class of Sixth Graders from Dagsboro. They toured the site, saw some of our best artifacts, heard a little talk about how archaeologists learn about the past, and then helped us screen. We divided them into groups […]


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Video – US Route 301 Archaeology Update

Written on: December 5th, 2012 in Archaeology UpdatesUS301

A final hello from the Armstrong-Rogers site! In the video below, Dovetail President Kerri Barile highlights some of the great findings of the 9-week long excavation. Although it was determined that the main house site had been destroyed decades earlier, the team uncovered several outbuildings used throughout the farmstead’s period of occupation, from the 1730s […]


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US Route 301 Archaeology Update

Written on: December 3rd, 2012 in Archaeology UpdatesUS301

  Noxon Tenancy, 7NC-F-133 Feature Excavation – Over the last two weeks (excluding Thanksgiving) Berger has focused on Feature excavation.  Excavation of Feature 1 is now complete.  The feature proved to be highly irregular. It looks more like two adjacent three throws than a structure.  Feature 1 produced 569 historic artifacts and 578 pieces of […]


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US Route 301 Archaeology Update

Written on: November 19th, 2012 in Archaeology UpdatesUS301

  Small Bowl or Porringer from the Noxon Tenancy   This week we finished stripping the topsoil from the Noxon Tenancy Site and started working on our features. Before archaeologists dig into a feature, it is always photographed, mapped, and drawn.  So we made a careful map of the site, took the necessary pictures, and then […]


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