Category Archives: Archaeology

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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Common Archaeological Definitions II

by Moni Islam – Archaeological Field and Lab Intern Absolute dating: The calculation of age in exact calendar years of an object or event. It is also referred to as chronometric dating. Absolute dating can often be achieved through scientific … Continue reading

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Mapping and Drawing

by Colleen Boyle – CART Archaeological Technician Recording field notes is one of the most important things archaeologists do in the field. Field notes often represent the final record of what was excavated, as archaeological excavation is an inherently destructive … Continue reading

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Looking It Up!

References are incredibly important and we use a lot of them. Here is a list of some of our favorites. We may add a few in the future. The pictures in the slide show above are examples of artifacts about … 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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