2016 March 14
Happy Monday everyone
I thought I’d provide a quick report
on the fieldwork conducted that the Quarantine Station on Saturday.
First, I think it’s probably best to think of the Q-station as an archaeological district comprising
the sites of a bunch of historically-related structures and deposits.
Second, the surgeon’s house (initially identified in the 1996 investigation) may be the best preserved
site, but it also seems to have a lot of post-occupation debris scattered across it. That may not be a huge problem, but it
does affect any research potentially conducted there.
Third, most of the other building sites have a very slight archaeological signature. We had some metallic hits and small
amounts of surface debris and structural remains at all the major buildings we visited. This indicates that the buildings
were for the most part, carefully dismantled and the materials likely reused. If any had been burned, in contrast, there would
have been much more massive scatters of nails and other hardware. Shifting sand has also not done the sites any favors!
Fourth, we have accurately-GPSed points flagged
for all the major structures. We will be discussing among staff if it makes sense to more or less permanently mark these locations
and how to do so if that is the decision taken.
Fifth, I was gratified that the use of metal detectors was an effective investigative strategy. I hope we have other
opportunities to use this technology.
Finally, I think there is good potential for further, targeted research at several locations. I need to think though
what that should be and how it should be pursued. Since the site(s) is not under direct immediate threat, and we operate with
a “conservation ethic,” it may be some time before plans for further work are developed.
Thank you again to all who came out and helped. The day
would not have been a success without your efforts.
John P. McCarthy, RPA
Cultural Preservation Specialist
Cultural Resources Unit
DNREC - State Parks and Recreation
S. State Street
Dover, DE 19901
Direct Dial (302) 739-9188 Mobile (302)