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.
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 […]
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. […]
Written on: August 21st, 2012 in Elkton Road
Effective Monday, August 20, the “No Right Turn on Red” from Casho Mill Road onto Elkton Road restriction has been removed. Drivers will now be permitted to turn right on red following a complete stop and ensuring the road is clear.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
300 and counting. That’s the current number of features recorded at the Houston-LeCompt site. Some features are small, like post holes and post molds showing us fence lines and shallow refuse pits where remains were thrown away out of sight. Other features, though, are quite large and vastly informative. To date, we have found a […]
Archaeologist Matt Sanna holds a stirrup Giddy-yup! Food consumption and horse riding were the themes this week at the Rumsey/Polk Tenant/ site, and we found food remains and “horsey” items galore. Several large trash pits dating from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries were excavated this week. A few pits that would have been used to […]
Field Crew This week at the Rumsey-Polk site, archaeologists finished measuring, mapping, describing, drawing and photographing the site’s 530-plus “features” including a possible house, wells, several pits, and over 400 post holes showing house and fence lines. Excavation began on some of the pits with artifacts on the surface and the possible house. Initial […]