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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

NPS property 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 is highly unusual for this region. The fact of the location 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 October 18, 2018