Today we had Prehistoric Archaeologist Dr. Fred Dunford over to go through a few artifacts and officially become a team member of the North Atlantic. Our 17th century colonial site sits atop a prehistoric native site and Fred’s involvement is crucial in better understanding the thousands of items being excavated and processed in the lab.
Here is a small assortment of native items Fred commented on:
1. Sharpening Stone. Glacial cobble, course stone used to sharpen bone and wood.
2. Amethyst, likely part of the prehistoric site.
3. Lightly incised small cobble.
4. Felsite projectile point, late-archaic period, triangular bi-face (+/- 4,000 years BP)
As we continue to expand the excavation of the Knoll Site we’re finding a much higher concentration of native artifacts in the south-east section so Dr. Dunford’s expertise will prove invaluable in interpreting the site.
Welcome to the team Fred!