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Archaeology/Historic Preservation

Reports Compiled as Part of the State Route 1 Construction


During a major construction project, an amazing amount of earth must be moved. But before that begins, it is important to make sure that we are not about to destroy what could be an important part of our history.

Why is DelDOT involved? DelDOT frequently must conduct archaeological digs in the areas in which it will be building roads. Some wondrous artifacts have been found in numerous areas throughout the state. But more than that, we have learned quite a bit about how the former residents of Delaware lived.

Below is a list of some of the Archaeology Reports that were compiled during the State Route 1 construction project. We hope you find them as fascinating as we do.

SR 1 Widening (SR 273 to Roth Bridge)
Drawyer Creek South Site
Locust Grove
Puncheon Run Project
The Hickory Bluff Project
The Place at Christeen
State Route 1 Smyrna to Blackbird This link opens a PDF File
Pollack Site
Whitby Branch Site
Digging for Old Delaware  This link opens a PDF File
Farm and Rural Dwellings
Thomas Dawson Site
Augustine Creek This link opens a PDF File
The Dawson Family Site (1740 - 1780)
Farm Life on the Appoquinimink, 1750-1830: Archaeological Discoveries at the McKean-Cochran Farm Site, Odessa, New Castle County
The Archaeology of Eighteenth-Century Delaware: Historic Context Development and Public Interpretation (Thomas Dawson Site)
Final Archaeological Investigations of the Route 7 South Corridor, Route 13 to I-95, New Castle County, Delaware
State Route 1 - North of Smyrna to H and H Corner North of Blackbird  This link opens a PDF File
1986:  A Cultural Resources Reconnaissance Planning Study of the Proposed State Route 13 Relief Corridor, New Castle and Kent Counties, Delaware
1990:  Final Archaeological Investigations of the Lafferty Lane Cemetery, 7K-D-11, State Route 1 Relief Corridor, Dover, Kent County, Delaware
1991:  Phase II Archaeological Survey of All Historic Sites in the Early Action Segment of the State Route 1 Relief Route, Delaware
1991: Phase I and II Archaeological Survey of Kent Road 88 (Dover to Leipsic Road) and Kent Road 337 (Persimmon Tree Lane) Realignments, and Final Archaeological Excavations at the W. Eager Site for the Delaware State Route 1 - Relief Corridor, Dover, Kent County, Delaware
1992:  Final Archaeological Investigations at the Darrach Store Site, Delaware Route 6 - Woodland Beach Road, Smyrna Section, Delaware State Route 1 Corridor, Kent County, Delaware
1994: Final Archaeological Investigations at Prehistoric Sites 7K-C-360 and Dover Downs (7K-C-365A and B), State Route 1 Corridor, Kent County, Delaware
1994: Phase II Archaeological Excavation of All Prehistoric Sites in the Early Action Segment of the Delaware Route 1 Corridor, New Castle and Kent Counties, Delaware
1994: Paleoenvironmental Studies off the Route 1 Corridor Contexts for Prehistoric Settlement New Castle and Kent Counties
1995:  Final Archaeological Investigations at the Strickland Plantation Site (7K-AK-117), A Mid-Eighteenth Century Farmstead, State Route 1 Corridor, Smyrna, Kent County, Delaware
1995:  Landowner and Tenant Opportunity in Seventeenth Century Central Delaware: Final Archaeological Investigations at the Richard Whitehart (7K-C-203C) and John Powell (7K-C-203H) Plantations, State Route 1 Corridor, Kent County, Delaware
1995:  Final Archaeological Investigations at the Pollack Prehistoric Site (7K-C-203), State Route 1 Corridor, Kent County, Delaware
1995:  Final Archaeological Investigations at the Wrangle Hill Prehistoric Site (7NC-G-105), State Route 1 Corridor, Chesapeake and Delaware Canal Section, New Castle County, Delaware
1995:  Phase II Archaeological Investigations of the Sarro Wetland Replacement Site, Kent County, Delaware
1995: Phase I and II Archaeological Testing at the Lisbon Tract, Dover Air Force Base, State Route 1 Corridor, Kent County, Delaware
1995: Archaeological Investigations of the Scott's Run Project Area, the Route 72 / 13 Intersection Improvements Project Area, and the Woodville Grave Site (7NC-E-98A), State Route 1 Corridor, New Castle County, Delaware
1996:  Final Archaeological Investigations at the Carey Farm (7K-D-3) and Island Farm (7K-C-13) Sites, State Route 1 Corridor, Kent County, Delaware
1997: Class and Social Identity in St. Georges Hundred: Data Recovery Excavations at Locust Grove (7NC-F-73), State Route 1 Corridor, New Castle County, Delaware
1997: Management Report Phase I / II Investigations at the John Henry Site 7NC-J-223, SR1 Corridor, Pine Tree Corners, New Castle County, Delaware


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