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098-0046 Martin Site

Martin Site
Photo credit: Howard A. MacCord, Sr., 1973

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VLR Listing Date 04/16/1974

NRHP Listing Date 08/13/1974

NRHP Reference Number 74002152

On the banks of the New River in Wythe County, this Indian site was occupied during the Late Woodland Period (A.D. 900-1600). Test excavations on the Martin Site have established the presence of an Indian village, probably consisting of a cluster of domelike structures and perhaps enclosed by a palisade. Evidence of a succession of earlier occupations is preserved in the stratigraphy beneath the village remains. Artifacts found on the site include pottery sherds, stone tools, ceramic and shell trade items, and floral and faunal remains. A rare shell gorget is among the most interesting items to have been unearthed.

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

Updated: October 7, 2021