Friday, November 4, 2011

Archaeology on the Shenandoah River

I visited an archaeological site yesterday along the Shenandoah River in Virginia that some of my colleagues are excavating for a bridge replacement. The site is stratified, with major components in the Late Woodland (ca. 900 to 1300 AD) and Early Woodland (ca. 1350 to 800 BC) periods, separated by a nice sterile zone. There are complications with the stratigraphy and the dating, but I think the excavators will be able to sort everything out and get some good results.

Cleaning up a hearth in the Early Woodland layers. This and numerous other features produced datable charcoal, so the site should produce a good suite of dates.

Nice view from the site, and it was a gorgeous day.

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