Archeological Site Survey, Basic Data Report, BPI_0522, N.D.

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Year: 2018


Originally mapped by Judge Graham and later documented by Wilke and Thompson, this oyster shell midden is being actively eroded by waves on Nanjemoy Creek. The midden surface has also been highly disturbed by disking and blading. Numerous piles of surplus or discarded test equipment are being stored on the midden. Radiocarbon dated at 2220 +/- 50 BP, this site is attributed to the Middle Woodland period. Supporting this cultural association is the presence of Mockley ceramics (three sherds). The carbon-14 date is at least 500 years earlier than any previous Mockley date and is questionable. Any error probably lies in the shell used for the date. The shell used for this date was obtained from the basal portion of the midden. Other items from this site include lithics, primarily quartz and quartzite flakes and chunks. The shell covers an area approximately 900 feet by 400 feet.

MAAR's 1993 survey turned up 6 quartz & quartzite flakes, 1 rhyolite Lehigh point (in three pieces), and 1 firecracked rock. In addition, a scatter of 18th century artifacts was found, including 1 Staffordshire redware, 2 creamware, 1 whiteware, and 2 other redware sherds, 3 bottle glass, and 1 wrought nail.

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Archeological Site Survey, Basic Data Report, BPI_0522, N.D.. 2018 ( tDAR id: 441001) ; doi:10.6067/XCV8441001

Spatial Coverage

min long: -79.514; min lat: 38.565 ; max long: -76.349; max lat: 39.749 ;

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