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

Avery’s Rest contains archaeological evidence of 17th century and early 18th century colonial occupation. The due date for submission of proposals has been extended to 4 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 17, 2020.

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Note: In accordance with Gov. Carney’s Phase II plans for reopening the state, the five museums administered by the Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs are open for self-guided tours via reservation only. Go to the following for additional information.                  

Archaeology Position

Qualifications: We are looking for a self-motivated, outgoing volunteer who works well within a team and is able to complete assigned tasks in a timely and efficient manner. Knowledge and passion for history is a plus! Must be reliable, flexible, willing to learn, and attentive to detail. Ability to use a computer, learn proper techniques […]

Question 13

Does the stem contract slightly in width toward the base? If yes, you have a Piney  Island Point. 5000 B.C. – A.D. 1000.  Most likely to date between 3000 B.C. and A.D. 500. If no, click here.  

Question 14

Does the stem contact sharply in width toward the base? If yes, you have a Poplar Island Point. 5000 B.C. – A.D.1000. If no, you have a generalized stemmed point that could date to any time period between 5000 B.C. and A.D. 800. Click here to identify another point.  

Question 24

Does the point have an unmodified lanceolate shape? If yes, it is a Fox Creek Lanceolate Point. A.D. 400 – 900 If no, you have some kind of lanceolate point that does not fit into any known categories and cannot be classified using this system. Click here to identify another point.

Question 15

Does the point have parallel sides and deep corner notches? If yes, it is a Jack’s Reef Corner-Notched Point. A.D. 600 – 900 If no, click here.  

Question 05

Does the point have a broad blade, or a narrow blade? This question can be hard to answer because your point may fall in between the two examples shown above.  The best thing to do is pick which illustration looks most like your point. If broad blade, click here. If narrow blade, click here.  

Contact Period

Contact Period (A.D. 1600 – 1750.) The Contact Period is enigmatic cultural period of Delaware’s archaeological record which begins with the arrival of the first substantial numbers of Europeans and ends with the extermination of all but a few remnant communities of Native Americans. The Lenape were the main ethnic group living in Delaware at […]

Question 07

Is the stem broad and does it expand in width toward the base? If yes, it is a Susquehanna Broadspear. 2000 B.C. – 1500 B.C. If no, click here.