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Reexamination of a Small Prehistoric Site in Southeastern Virginia

Author(s): Courtney Birkett

Year: 2017

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Fort Eustis, a small military installation in southeastern Virginia, has over one hundred sites containing prehistoric components, most of which yielded no diagnostic artifacts when identified at the survey level. These sites were subsequently labeled as camps of indeterminate time period and assumed to have little research potential. A recent reinvestigation of one of these supposedly insignificant sites yielded a large quantity of debitage, along with ceramic sherds, concentrated within a very small area. This unexpectedly productive site lets us refine our understanding of what activities were undertaken in small temporary camps and of how the landscape was used during the Woodland period. The results of this excavation also demonstrate that the information potential of a site may not be exhausted by a few shovel test pits.

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Reexamination of a Small Prehistoric Site in Southeastern Virginia. Courtney Birkett. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 429045)


Debitage Virginia

Geographic Keywords
North America - Mid-Atlantic

Spatial Coverage

min long: -84.067; min lat: 36.031 ; max long: -72.026; max lat: 43.325 ;

Record Identifiers

Abstract Id(s): 14706

Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America