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Delaware Valley Archaeology and History Symposium at the Arsenal in New Castle on Dec. 7, 2019

On Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., the Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the Archaeological Society of Delaware and the New Castle Historical Society, will present the “Delaware Valley Archaeology and History Symposium.” The event will include scholarly presentations on the history and archaeology of the lower Delaware Valley including new research and recent updates on the Avery’s Rest archaeological site in Sussex County Del., and the search for Fort Casimir in New Castle, Del. A schedule of symposium activities is included below.

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

The symposium will take place at the Arsenal building, headquarters of the New Castle Historical Society, located at 30 Market St. in New Castle, Del. Admission is free and open to the public. For additional information about the symposium, contact coordinator John Martin at or call 302-736-7406. For information on the Arsenal building, call 302-322-2794.

Archaeologists and volunteers working at the Avery’s Rest site.
Archaeologists and volunteers working at the Avery’s Rest site.

Schedule of events

9:30 a.m.

9:45 a.m.
How Oral History Shone Light on a Forgotten Hall

John W. Martin

10:15 a.m.
Stories in Stone: Evolving Settlement Patterns, Building Traditions, and Religious Practices at Newark Union Church and Cemetery

Dr. Andreya Mihaleow

10:45 a.m.
A Progress Report on the Archaeology of the John Bell Tavern Site, Dover, Delaware
John McCarthy

11:15 a.m.
“Whereon Ye Ould Foart Stood:” A Summary of Archaeological Investigations at Fort Casimir, City of New Castle

Wade Catts

Lunch on your own

1:30 p.m.
Changing the ‘View’ at Buena Vista: A Holistic Look at an Agricultural Landscape

Catherine Morrissey

2:00 p.m.
Cultural Resources in the 21st Century: Legacy, Loss, and Adaptation on the Delaware Bay

Dr. Heather Wholey

2:30 p.m.
Avery’s Rest: An Anthropological Genetic Investigation
Raquel Fleskes