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Though War, Peace, and William Peace: The Archaeological Investigation of Fort Caswell

Author(s): Vincent Melomo ; Thomas Beaman

Year: 2014

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Fort Caswell has stood for nearly two centuries as a haunting reminder of the strategic importance of the Cape Fear River and the port of Wilmington in southeastern North Carolina. While much of the original 1826-1837 brick and mortar fort are still standing, key architectural features of the fort, and its unwritten history, lie hidden beneath the sand. Since its construction, the site has seen several phases of modification, abandonment, and reuse. The first archaeological research was conducted on the fort by the 2013 William Peace University Archaeological Field School. This presentation will summarize the goals of the research, provide an overview of the findings, and discuss prospects for future investigation. While findings from all periods of the fort history will be discussed, specific attention will be given to archaeological identification of features that dated to the fort’s original construction and use, and to the American Civil War.

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Though War, Peace, and William Peace: The Archaeological Investigation of Fort Caswell. Vincent Melomo, Thomas Beaman. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. 2014 ( tDAR id: 436726)

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PaperId(s): SYM-15,03

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