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US Route 301 Archaeology Update

Written on: July 23rd, 2012 in Archaeology UpdatesUS301

  The last week of work on the Elkins Site saw a gathering of historic preservation specialists from the Delaware Division of Historic and Cultural Affairs, including State Historic Preservation Officer Timothy Slavin.  This meeting enabled the team to share ideas with other specialists and to discuss interpretations and strategies for the site.  Meanwhile, the […]


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US Route 301 Archaeology Update

Written on: July 23rd, 2012 in Archaeology UpdatesUS301

Crossing plow scars cut through a feature uncovered at the Houston-LeCompt site. At the Houston Le-Compt site we have met the enemy, and the enemy’s name is……plow scar! Work continued for a third week, and we have moved from digging sample units to mechanically stripping the plow zone from the 0.8-acre site core. After the […]


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US Route 301 Archaeology Update

Written on: July 17th, 2012 in Archaeology UpdatesUS301

Fieldwork concluded this week on the Elkins site, with work focusing on bisecting the suspected post holes across the site and finishing the larger prominent features.   As could be expected, some of the suspected postholes indeed turned out to be historic posts, while others are now interpreted as “non-cultural” disturbances caused by tree roots or […]


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US Route 301 Archaeology Update

Written on: July 17th, 2012 in Archaeology UpdatesUS301

Excavation of the Houston-LeCompt site made great progress this week thanks to the crew’s hard work and much nicer weather since our last update.  Our process of sampling the plowzone using ten 2×2 meter units is complete!  We have sent over 6,500 artifacts to the lab to keep them busy washing, sorting, and analyzing already. […]


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US Route 301 Archaeology Update

Written on: July 17th, 2012 in Archaeology UpdatesUS301

The first week of the Rumsey-Polk Tenant-Prehistoric site Phase III archaeological fieldwork excavation was off with a bang… and a clang – of the big mechanical excavator! To our surprise, traces of over 120 stains, pits, posts, and wells, otherwise known as “features,” have been found in the northern part of the site. Features like […]


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US Route 301 Archaeology Update

Written on: July 9th, 2012 in Archaeology UpdatesUS301

Work this week at the Elkins site concentrated on feature excavations.  Situated near the base of the knoll on which the stone-lined root-cellar lies is a low un-mortared wall consisting of limonite and local cobbles.  This wall traverses and blocks a now-shallow gully that eventually drains into Scott Run.  Soils situated on the downstream side of […]


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US Route 301 Archaeology Update

Written on: July 9th, 2012 in Archaeology UpdatesUS301

We are beginning another excavation on the 301 project!  Here is the link to a handout detailing this amazing site. https://deldot.gov/archaeology/houston-lecompt/pdf/handout.pdf  Houston LeCompt Archaeological Site Fieldwork has begun at the Houston-LeCompt archaeological site despite the hot weather.  One good thing to come out of the recent storms is that the rain left us with good […]


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US Route 301 Archaeology Update

Written on: July 2nd, 2012 in Archaeology UpdatesUS301

More discoveries at the Elkins Site. All the machine stripping was completed at the Elkins A site this week, and we are beginning to get an overall picture of the layout of this 18th century homestead. As well as the cellar hole, there are now two other structures, plus lots of pits and posts that we cannot […]


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US Route 301 Archaeology Update

Written on: June 25th, 2012 in Archaeology UpdatesUS301

Despite baking heat we continue to expose and document archaeological features at the Elkins A site.  The material filling up the cellar hole is now largely removed.  There was a mass of bricks in the southern half of the hole, probably collapse from a chimney.  One nice find from here is an iron pintle: part […]


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US Route 301 Archaeology Update

Written on: June 20th, 2012 in Archaeology UpdatesUS301

Mother nature relented this week and gave us some much-needed rain.  This has softened the soil and made much clearer the color and texture changes that are so critical to dissecting and understanding the site.  We have placed sheets of black plastic over the machine-cleared areas to retain the moisture as much as possible.  Progress […]


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