Otter Creek Archaeological Site

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This site includes a prehistoric settlement dating from the last half of the late Woodland Period (AD 1300-1600). Within the area are undisturbed prehistoric cultural features and postmolds as well as well-preserved faunal and floral remains. This material holds significant information on regional environmental adaptation and settlement patterns during this period. The site’s location on a remote upland spur of the Blue Ridge Mountains is highly unusual for this region and may provide data that helps to identify networks of communication and trade connecting Dan River-related cultures on both sides of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The discovery of fired lumps of pottery clay suggests onsite manufacture of vessels and pipes.

Last Updated: June 2, 2023

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VLR: Virginia Landmarks Register
NPS: National Park Service
NRHP: National Register of Historic Places
NHL: National Historic Landmark

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