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Video – US Route 301 Archaeology Update

Written on: October 2nd, 2012 in Archaeology UpdatesUS301

Welcome back! Archaeological work continued at the Armstrong-Rogers site last week, with the team from Dovetail completing their test units and identifying several exciting features. The video clip below features Kerri Barile, Dovetail’s President, discussing the history of the site, the archaeological process, and the next steps of the investigation. In particular, note the condition […]


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US Route 301 Archaeology Update

Written on: October 1st, 2012 in Archaeology UpdatesUS301

Archaeologists have great fun uncovering information in the ground, but historians get to uncover hidden information in the written record.  Primary source records—deeds, federal census records, court records, probate record, historic maps, warrants and surveys, mortgages and tax assessments—all shed light on the people that lived on these sites.  The Delaware Public Archives held a […]


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Video – US Route 301 Archaeology Update

Written on: September 25th, 2012 in Archaeology UpdatesUS301

The end has arrived! This was Dovetail’s final week at the Houston-LeCompt site, and what a glorious week it was. We finished excavation at the house cellar, explored our three wells, and took some amazing aerial images capturing the site. All in all, our two-month effort has resulted in an astounding amount of data on […]


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US Route 301 Archaeology Update

Written on: September 24th, 2012 in Archaeology UpdatesUS301

Greetings from our new adventure, the Armstrong-Rogers site! On Wednesday, September 19th, archaeologists from Dovetail Cultural Resource Group commenced our data recovery on this eighteenth-nineteenth century historic site. Research indicates that the property was owned by the Armstrong family from 1739 until 1824 and the Rogers clan from 1824 through the 1850s. Tenant farmers then […]


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US Route 301 Archaeology Update

Written on: September 24th, 2012 in Archaeology UpdatesUS301

At the Bird-Houston Site we spent all week excavating features. On the newer part of the site, where people lived from around 1830 to 1920, several of the features are shallow pits filled with brick rubble. We think these are the remains of brick piers, a simple kind of foundation you can still see at […]


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US Route 301 Archaeology Update

Written on: September 21st, 2012 in Archaeology UpdatesUS301

  Pit Feature At the Bird-Houston Site we spent much of the week working on an archaeological mystery. The largest feature on the site is this pit, which measured about 10 by 11 feet. One quarter of the feature was dug last year during the testing phase. This showed that the pit was roughly cone-shaped, […]


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US Route 301 Archaeology Update

Written on: September 17th, 2012 in Archaeology UpdatesUS301

  Well Well, well, well… At the Cardon Holton site we almost made it to the bottom of the well using conventional hand excavation but with two feet left to go the side walls from the original cone of excavation started to fissure and made further investigations unsafe.  With assistance from the backhoe we were […]


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US Route 301 Archaeology Update

Written on: September 17th, 2012 in Archaeology UpdatesUS301

  Cooking Pit Features Last week at the Cardon/Holton Site the Hunter Research Inc. crew worked hard removing the remainder of pits started last week.  The pit with the juvenile articulated pig turned out to be more complicated than we first thought.  The articulated bones only represented the limbs of one, possibly two pigs with […]


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US Route 301 Archaeology Update

Written on: September 12th, 2012 in Archaeology UpdatesUS301

  Iron artifacts in a shallow pit feature At the Bird-Houston Site we spent the first part of the week mapping and photographing our features. Before they start excavating Archaeologists always make a careful record, by drawings and photographs, of whatever they are going to dig into. And then the payoff – actually digging into […]


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US Route 301 Archaeology Update

Written on: September 5th, 2012 in Archaeology UpdatesUS301

  Kevin McCloskey (left) and John Potts (right) help excavate the cellar at the Houston-LeCompt site. Nine weeks down, one to go! In our second to last week of full-scale excavation at the Houston-LeCompt site, the Dovetail crew grew in number and moved a lot of dirt. Several archaeologists fresh off of the great work […]


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