Archaeology In The Waters Of The Falls Zone

Author(s): Lyle E. Browning

Year: 2016


Richmond is a Fall Line city. The Falls Zone extends upstream from Tidewater for 7 miles. The second transportation canal in the USA was built to circumvent the falls and to transport international cargo upstream and to transport vital goods downstream for processing. The James River Batteau was invented for riverine transport through the falls. And then there was the activity between the riverbanks. A vibrant multi-racial and multi-ethnic community used the many "rocks, islands and shoals" in the river for multiple activities ranging from industrial fishing to standard water powered industry to 19th century recreational and political endeavors. Over 400 archaeological sites have been recorded between the banks in that stretch. This paper breaks them down into categories and time periods and ties them to the traditional land based archaeologies.

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Archaeology In The Waters Of The Falls Zone. Lyle E. Browning. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Washington, D.C. 2016 ( tDAR id: 434392)


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min long: -129.199; min lat: 24.495 ; max long: -66.973; max lat: 49.359 ;

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PaperId(s): 478