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March 2017

Hello Time Travelers -

There are going to be a series of archaeological opportunities in April and May.

At this time, I have details for two projects:

1) Prehistoric Archaeological Survey for Improvements at the Little Creek Preserve. We will conduct shovel testing to search for prehistoric archaeological resources at two very high sensitivity locations. Project Date: Saturday, April 1, 2017 Time: 10:00 am to noon or possibly later depending on results. Space is limited for this activity.

2) Collection of artifacts eroding from the river bank at Ft DuPont, Delaware City. We have had a problem with archaeological materials eroding from the river bank at the site of the former base dump. Our plan is to visit the site at low tide and collect representative and diagnostic artifacts. Following this, a clean-up of all remaining material, which will be treated as litter, will take place at a later date.

Project Date: Monday, April 3, 2017 Time: 10:00 am to noon Space is very limited for this activity.

Please contact me by email to register. Location details will be provided the week preceding each activity.

Other Upcoming Activities:

1) Continued investigation of the cemetery at the Delaware Breakwater Quarantine Station, Cape Henlopen State Park. Over the winter, I was able to document that the suspected cemetery site is indeed the Station's burial ground - the location was clearly marked as "Grave Yard" on a late 19th C map. We will return to the site to search for evidence of burials.

2) Search for the Privy (or Well) at the Bell House, First State Heritage Park, Dover. With a goal of having something to say about the archaeology of the Bell House in time for Dover Day (Saturday May 6th) we will search for the kinds of features commonly found at 18th C urban sites. I'm working on the field strategy for this project.

Look for more information about these and other projects soon!

Thank you for all you do to support archaeology in State Parks!


John P. McCarthy, RPA

Cultural Preservation Specialist

(Archaeologist/Architectural Historian)



John P. McCarthy, RPA


Cultural Preservation Specialist

(Archaeologist/Architectural Historian)

Cultural Resources Unit

DNREC - State Parks and Recreation

152 S. State Street

Dover, DE 19901

Direct Dial (302) 739-9188

Mobile (302) 387-9785

PEOPLE ARE TALKING about Time Travelers! Read the Blog written by Society for Historical Archaeology (2016 June)

ARCH (Archaeology Cultural and Heritage Field Days)

Approximately 1100 Delaware students enjoyed a day learning about our native people and ceramics technology. Many pots were pinched during three sunny days in May 2016.  The ceramics activity was sponsored by Delaware State Parks and lead by DE State Parks Archaeologist, Mr. John P. McCarthy.
Thank you to ASD Volunteers: Wayne Anderson, Robin Kershaw, and John Bansch who worked with John to pull this off!

Craig Lukezic, Alice Guerrant , and Faye Stocum staffed a “sand box” archaeology station sponsored by the SHPO.


Become a Time Traveler!

Time Travelers are members of the public who volunteer their time and talents to assist the professional archaeologists and historians working in State Parks with research projects to study and protect our cultural heritage. Sound exciting?
It is!

Each newly qualified Time Traveler will receive a one-year membership in the Archaeological Society of Delaware (ASD) which includes its quarterly newsletter The Inksherd, and annual journal, the Bulletin. The ASD provides many additional educational and hands-on archaeological opportunities for its members.

Ready to join? Terrific! The first step is to register as a State Parks volunteer by visiting http://destateparks.com/volunteers/to-apply.asp Follow the link for “Individual or Group Volunteer,” indicate that you are an individual volunteer, fill in your personal details, and in the “Why are you interested in volunteering?” box indicate that you are interested in being a “New Time Traveler” and the date of the training you would like to attend. You will be contacted to confirm your registration in the class and additional information as to how to dress and what to bring on the training day will be provided. Space in each training session is limited.