Category Archives: Artifacts

Yellow Ware Factory-Made Slipware

by Elizabeth Paynter – CART Lab Director Along with the sponged decoration discovered during the recent archaeological survey for a Hidden Pond Nature Center ADA trail, the CART lab has also been cataloging yellow ware factory-made slipware. Factory-made slipwares are … Continue reading

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Sponged Decorated Ceramics

by Daphne Ahalt – CART Assistant Lab Director The CART volunteers and lab staff have been busy sorting and cataloging artifacts recently excavated from a mid-19th century site. Among the ceramics recovered are a variety of sponge-decorated wares. Early sponge decoration was … Continue reading

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Lanceolate Points

by Avery Jones – Senior Archaeological Field and Lab Technician When looking at a projectile point and its role within the Native American toolkit, it is easy to think of it as only a hunting instrument. However, it was actually … Continue reading

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Discovering a Little More

Old Colchester Park and Preserve has several archaeological sites. The pipe bowl above was recently recovered from the site that CART unofficially refers to as “cemetery.” While there is a cemetery, we are not excavating any of the actual cemetery. … Continue reading

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Edged Ware Ceramics

  CART has recovered a variety of refined white earthenware ceramics with stylized decorative edges. On a recent project at the Hidden Pond Nature Center, numerous of these ‘edged’ ceramics were discovered. The Hidden Pond specimens likely date from the … Continue reading

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Lithic Flakes

by Brittany Blanchard – CART Archaeological Technician Creating stone tools is a reductive process called “chaîne opératoire” where a knapper, an individual skilled in lithic reduction, forms a rock into smaller, sharp tools by chipping away until the desired shape … Continue reading

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Raise a Glass to the New Year!

  We hope you had a wonderful holiday! It seems fitting that at Old Colchester Park and Preserve, we have found a few fragments of the base of stemware. Pictured below, the folded base rims date to about 1680 to … Continue reading

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