Native Americans At Laurel Hill Historical

Native Americans At Laurel Hill Historical (HM1VU4)

Location: Ararat, VA 24053 Patrick County
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Country: United States of America
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N 36° 33.87', W 80° 33.24'

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The investigation of the Laurel Hill property by the College Of William and Mary's Center for Archaeological Research in 1993, revealed the presence of Native American activity on the crest during the Archaic and Woodland periods (c. 12000 BC to 900 C.E.). This site appears, from the recovered artifacts, to have been occupied and reoccupied by the Paleo-Indian and Archaic Native American groups exploiting the resource rich Ararat River valley to the north. The Paleo-Indian peoples may have used this site on high ground above a water source, the Ararat River, as a hunting campground. The Archaic peoples were hunter-gathers and the majority of artifacts found are from this period.

Thus, this prehistoric site appears to have been the site of intermittent Native American activity spanning a period of some thirteen thousand years ending with the Woodland period c. 900 C.E. There was no evidence of occupation in the Late Woodland period, c. 900 to 1600 C. E.

The Native American site extends approximately 300 feet north and south and approximately 60 feet east and west of this point. The site was defined by the recovery of prehistoric lithic tools and projectile points through controlled surface collection methods. Photographs of the recovered artifacts are shown here.

This sign is a gift
Mrs. Pat Gwyn Woltz of Mount Ary, Nofth Carolina
In Loving Memory of John Elliot Woltz Husband and
Dr. Robert Vance Welch, Great Grandfather
Surgeon, C.S.A. Medical Corps.
HM NumberHM1VU4
Year Placed1999
Placed ByJ.E.B. Stuart Birthplace Preservation Trust, Inc
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Date Added Monday, November 21st, 2016 at 5:01am PST -08:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 539908 N 4046655
Decimal Degrees36.56450000, -80.55400000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 36° 33.87', W 80° 33.24'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds36° 33' 52.2" N, 80° 33' 14.4" W
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Area Code(s)276
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 733-1045 State Rte 773, Ararat VA 24053, US
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