King's Reach Post Mold Patterns

King's Reach Post Mold Patterns (HM1J8H)

Location: Saint Leonard, MD 20685 Calvert County
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Country: United States of America
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N 38° 24.12', W 76° 30.714'

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King's Reach Site

As wooden building posts decay in the ground, they form distinctly-colored soils that archaeologists call post molds. The location and spacing of post molds provide important clues about the size of a building, the arrangements of its rooms, and how it was used, or about the type of fences that surrounded the yard.
At King's Reach, the post mold shapes tell archaeologists that the house builders placed each post in a pre-dug hole. The orientation of the holes, and the way the posts were set in them, indicate that the walls of the house were preassembled and then erected. This was a common practice at colonial sites in the Chesapeake Bay region.
Other buildings at his plantation were constructed around closely-spaced posts that were struck in trenches, rather than into individual holes. This construction technique is not seen often on sites dating to the late 1600s.
(Inscription under the images in the center) Closeup of partially decayed cedar post from the tobacco barn site.
Step 1 Rectangular-shaped holes are dug approximately 3 feet wide and nearly as deep.
Step 2 The posts are placed in the holes at a low angle.
Step3 The pre-assembled wall is tilted up and loose dirt is back-filled in the void
HM NumberHM1J8H
Historical PeriodColonial
Historical PlaceHome
Marker TypeOther
Marker ClassHistorical Marker
Marker StyleInterpretative Marker / Sign
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Date Added Friday, February 20th, 2015 at 1:03pm PST -08:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)31N E 166021 N 0
Decimal Degrees38.40200000, -76.51190000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 24.12', W 76° 30.714'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 24' 7.2" N, 76° 30' 42.84" W
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Area Code(s)410, 301
Can be seen from road?No
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Closest Postal AddressAt or near Jefferson Patterson Park Exit Rd, Saint Leonard MD 20685, US
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