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Somewhere Between a Savannah River Broadspear and a Model 1855 Rifle: An Archeological Legacy and Recent Research at the Site of the Harpers Ferry Armory

Author(s): Darlene E. Hassler ; Justin P. Ebersole

Year: 2016

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Summary

Harpers Ferry is fortunate to have a rich history of nearly 60 years of professional archeological endeavors. Over half of that has been under the tenure of Regional Chief Archeologist Dr. Stephen Potter. His relentless enthusiasm and support, as well as encyclopedic knowledge, were pivotal in driving new research within the park. Recently, the focus has been on the Armory site. While the Armory is best known for its history of firearm technology, the archeological investigation revealed a multi-component site including prehistory; a period for which little is known at Harpers Ferry. This presentation highlights the diverse archeological findings at the Armory, focusing on the most recent discovery of the earliest occupation levels.  The findings are significant in their own right, but when taken holistically, represent the latest effort to develop a more comprehensive understanding of the past at Harpers Ferry and within the wider Potomac River Valley. 


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Somewhere Between a Savannah River Broadspear and a Model 1855 Rifle: An Archeological Legacy and Recent Research at the Site of the Harpers Ferry Armory. Darlene E. Hassler, Justin P. Ebersole. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Washington, D.C. 2016 ( tDAR id: 434891)


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General
Armory Legacy Potter

Geographic Keywords
North America United States of America

Temporal Keywords
Multi-component


Spatial Coverage

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

Record Identifiers

PaperId(s): 84

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