Battlefield Archaeology at the Denison Homestead!By admin | August 22nd, 2014 | Category: Blog & Media Center | Comments Off on Battlefield Archaeology at the Denison Homestead!
Battlefield Archaeology at the Denison Homestead
Battlefield Archaeologists from the Pequot Museum led an archaeological dig onsite at the Denison Homestead this past July and August. The goal of the survey was to both educate participants in archaeological survey methods and to search for evidence of 17th century occupation. The Denison Homestead was built by George Denison who was a veteran of the Pequot War (1636-1637( and a Connecticut cavalry commander during King Philip’s War (1675-1676). During King Philip’s War historical evidence indicates that he constructed a fortified palisade near his house where Connecticut Dragoons and Mohegan-Pequot forces drilled prior to any military campaign.
What was found!?
No 17th century objects were uncovered during the excavation but there were some surprises none the less. The intact remains of a Victorian-era garden was discovered which consisted of stone pathways lines with brick. Numerous objects were unearthed including ceramics, glass, animal teeth, charcoal, and soup bones which all dated to the time of the garden. One quartz arrow head was found along with a few quartz flakes dating to the late Woodland Period.
Participants employed basic archaeology and metal detecting techniques to uncover and survey this interesting site which will be on-view at the the Denison Homestead through the Fall.