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Consulting services sought to conduct historical research on Avery’s Rest


The Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs is seeking consulting services to conduct historical research on the Avery’s Rest site. The goal is to address specific research questions using primary and secondary sources, and to produce a comprehensive report for use by the division and others. The report will provide the historical context for future research and for public interpretation of the findings.

On Feb. 7, 2020, the division added a final addendum to its invitation for proposals.  The addendum responds to questions received from potential bidders.  Please see the final job description and addendum for the detailed scope of work, the list of questions received and the division’s responses, and information on submitting proposals. 

The due date for submission of proposals has been extended to 4 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 17, 2020

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

The Avery’s Rest site is located on Rehoboth Bay, Sussex County, Delaware. The site contains archaeological evidence of 17th century and early 18th century colonial occupation. The first documented occupation was by John and Sarah Avery and children in 1674. Since 2006, the site has been investigated by the Archaeological Society of Delaware in collaboration with the division, the Smithsonian Institute and other researchers.


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