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033-0288 Otter Creek Archaeological Site

Otter Creek Archaeological Site
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For additional information, read the Nomination Form PDF

VLR Listing Date 04/16/1985

NRHP Listing Date 05/09/1985

NRHP Reference Number 85000986

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.


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


Updated: February 12, 2021