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National Park Service workshop on Fort Casimir to be held in New Castle, Del., May 20–24, 2019


The National Park Service workshop, “Current Archeological Prospection Advances for Non-destructive Investigations of the Fort Casimir Site, Delaware,” will be held from May 20 to 24, 2019, at the Fort Casimir archaeological site in New Castle, Del.

Image of Fort Casimir after it had been captured by the Swedes, improved and renamed Fort Trefalddighet.
Image of Fort Casimir after it had been captured by the Swedes, improved and renamed Fort Trefalddighet.

Lodging will be at the Best Western Plus Newark/Christiana Inn in Bear, Del. Lectures will be held in a meeting room to be announced. Field exercises will take place at the Fort Casimir archaeological site.

Fort Casimir was built by the Dutch under Peter Stuyvesant in 1651 and was part of the greater New Netherlands colony that included parts of Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut and Rhode Island. Fort Casimir was captured by the Swedes in 1654 and renamed Fort Trefalddighet. The Dutch recaptured it in 1655 and renamed it Fort New Amstel. In 1664, the English forced the Dutch to relinquish control of the entire New Netherlands colony and the deteriorated fort was abandoned in the 1680s.

For reservations and additional information, go to the workshop’s website, “Archeological Prospection in the 21st Century.”


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