Selected Archaeology Projects in the Middle Atlantic

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Northhampton Plantation Slave Quarters (Lake Arbor,Prince George's County, Maryland)

African-Americans lived and worked at the Northhampton tobacco plantation in Prince George's County, MD for almost 300 years. Archaeology, historical records, and oral history have revealed much about the everyday lives of the slaves and tenants who worked on the plantation. Today the Northampton Plantation Slave Quarters is an outdoor museum that exhibits the rebuilt foundations of two former slave quarters of the Northampton plantation. The site features a self-guided tour that interprets the lives of enslaved and free African-Americans at Northampton from the 1790s until the 1930s.

Cactus Hill (Virginia)

The Cactus Hill site, located about 70 km. south of Richmond, Virginia, is one of a handful of archaeological sites that contain convincing evidence of a pre-Clovis population in North America. The site is located in a sand dune and contains a stratified series of cultural layers that date from the 18th century back to the Clovis period and beyond.

Artifacts from the Clovis level included the typical fluted points, made of chert, and radiocarbon dated from a piece of associated charcoal to 10,920± 250 years BP. Below the Clovis layer and just above sterile clay, archaeologists discovered several blades, projectile points and a scraper, all made of quartzite. A soil sample associated with one of the blade clusters was radiocarbon dated to 16,670±730 years BP.




Updated 1/24/2012