Wade Archaeological Site

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The well-preserved Wade Archaeological Site was probably occupied by the Saponi Indians between A.D. 1000 and 1450. The archaeological investigation of this site yielded features and artifacts that increased our knowledge of the social and political organization of the Saponi. Numerous feature pits, a large hearth, and post molds provided invaluable information concerning community organization. Period artifacts attested to a mastery of art and technology that is unique to the region. The artifacts include stone triangular points, a pendant and an axe; ceramic pottery, pipes and discs; bone awls, fish hooks, pendants, and various sizes of shell beads. The shell and copper ornamental artifacts demonstrate cultural interaction, trade, and status in a tribal society. The well-preserved plant remains have the potential to address questions related to the subsistence habits and diets of these early inhabitants.

Last Updated: June 2, 2023

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VLR: Virginia Landmarks Register
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NRHP: National Register of Historic Places
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