As we noted in one of our earlier blog entries, the Polk Tenant Site (7NC-F-111) was excavated by archaeologists from Richard Grubb and Associates in 2011. As a result of their evaluation study, the Grubb researchers determined the site to be eligible for nomination to the National Register of Historic Places. One of the features […]
Skeletal Analysis of Burials from the Elkins Site (7NC-G-174) The unmarked burials were excavated to avoid destruction from the US Route 301 highway project, and the discovery and analysis are being conducted in accordance with state law. The human skeletal remains recovered from five burials associated with the Elkins Site are in the process of […]
Alternative Mitigation of the Polk Tenant Site (7NC-F-111)Versar’s recent research into wells is telling us that they represent a very old and very conservative technology. The earliest wells that have been documented archaeologically are from Cyprus. These wells were dug about 10,000 years ago into hard, chalky sediment to reach deep, underground streams that flowed […]
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 […]