Archaeological / Historical Reconnaissance at the Currie T. Carr Borrow Pit

Author(s): Thomas C. Loftfield

Year: 1981


The project area is indeed a high bluff overlooking a branch of Washington Creek . The ground is dry and the soil profile typical of old farmland, i.e . it contains a well plowed anthropic A horizon with a clearly delineated subsoil beneath. The majority of the project area fell into this category . The remaining peripheral zone was flooded, but was an extremely steep bank descending to the creek . Occupation on the bank would have been precarious and so it was considered a low priority area. The old farm fields were examined very closely by surface survey with negative results .

The bank area was examined by use of seven 18-inch square tests, also completely negative . While the project area may appear as a high probability area several factors suggest that it was of a lower order of desirability for occupation. The steepness of the bank would have meant a long, hard climb to the top from the bottom, and the creek is a first rank stream, thus not a major source of either water or transportation. Areas of much higher desirability for occupation occur within relatively short distances, thus detracting from the pleasures of this particular location. For the historic period it is not near enough a road or waterbourn transportation route to have been a highly desired location for habitation or occupation. It is the recommendation of this investigator that there will be no adverse impacts to any cultural resources from the use of this land for borrowing.

Cite this Record

Archaeological / Historical Reconnaissance at the Currie T. Carr Borrow Pit. Thomas C. Loftfield. Wilmington, NC: University of North Carolina. 1981 ( tDAR id: 198230) ; doi:10.6067/XCV86974R9

Spatial Coverage

min long: -78.272; min lat: 34.253 ; max long: -77.485; max lat: 34.733 ;

Individual & Institutional Roles

Contact(s): North Carolina Office of State Archaeology

Prepared By(s): University of North Carolina, Wilmington

Submitted To(s): Johnny C. Johnson Co., Mount Airy, N.C

Record Identifiers

NADB document id number(s): 425810

NADB citation id number(s): 000000063774


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