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Buildings and Bling But No Bottles or Bone? Peculiar Findings at the Houston-LeCompt Site

Author(s): Kerri S. Barile ; Emily Calhoun ; Kerry S. Gonzalez

Year: 2016

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In the summer of 2012, a dozen Dovetail archaeologists and scores of volunteers toiled in the sun to excavate the Houston-LeCompt site, located along the newly proposed Route 301 corridor in central Delaware. Using test units, backhoe scraping, feature excavation, and artifact and ethnobotanical analysis, the team recovered an astounding amount of data on the Houston family and generations of subsequent tenant farmers who worked the land. House cellars, kitchen refuse pits, wells, and sheet middens contained thousands of artifacts highlighting the 250 year occupation of this parcel, some in remarkable condition. Ranging from late-eighteenth century furniture hardware and decorative ceramics to early-twentieth century jewelry and clock parts, the remains document the shift from an owner-occupied residence to tenant-based dwelling in what was then the Delaware rural agricultural backwater.

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Buildings and Bling But No Bottles or Bone? Peculiar Findings at the Houston-LeCompt Site. Kerri S. Barile, Emily Calhoun, Kerry S. Gonzalez. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Washington, D.C. 2016 ( tDAR id: 434610)


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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): 183

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