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US Route 301 Archaeology Update

Written on: December 3rd, 2013 in Archaeology UpdatesUS301

For the past two weeks Hunter Research has been testing a predictive model developed for the identification of physical remains of early roads in the Delaware landscape: in this case one of the late 17th century Cart Roads, probably laid out by Augustine Herrman and certainly in place by 1740.  We have termed it the […]


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US Route 301 Archaeology Update

Written on: December 3rd, 2013 in Archaeology UpdatesUS301

Over the past 20 years, the Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) has used cutting edge methods to look for and to study archaeological sites in Delaware.  One method is analysis of a site’s soil chemistry (also known as soil geochemistry analysis).  By specifically looking at the concentration and pattern of certain elements from soil samples […]


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US Route 301 Archaeology Update

Written on: November 22nd, 2013 in Archaeology UpdatesUS301

Dovetail is currently working through the vast Houston-LeCompt (7NC-F-139) artifact assemblage.  The lab staff has completed washing the Phase II artifacts and has begun cataloging. In just the first few days of cataloging, we have discovered many new treasures to add to the substantial collection of noteworthy artifacts recovered at this site. Among the extravagant personal […]


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US Route 301 Archaeology Update

Written on: November 21st, 2013 in Archaeology UpdatesUS301

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 […]


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US Route 301 Archaeology Update

Written on: September 16th, 2013 in Archaeology UpdatesUS301

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 […]


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US Route 301 Archaeology Update

Written on: September 16th, 2013 in Archaeology UpdatesUS301

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 […]


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US Route 301 Archaeology Update

Written on: September 16th, 2013 in Archaeology UpdatesUS301

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 […]


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US Route 301 Archaeology Update

Written on: July 24th, 2013 in Archaeology UpdatesUS301

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 […]


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US Route 301 Archaeology Update

Written on: July 1st, 2013 in Archaeology UpdatesUS301

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.


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US Route 301 Archaeology Update

Written on: July 1st, 2013 in Archaeology UpdatesUS301

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 […]


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