|A reconstruction of a Woodland period house at Pig Point|
First, I should say that nearly every prehistoric period in the mid-Atlantic region is well represented at Pig Point. Archaeologists break down the millennia of prehistoric time into different periods based on changing artifacts and lifeways. For example, the Archaic period extends from about 7500 B.C. – 1000 B.C. and was a time of hunting and gathering after the last Ice Age. People adapted to a changing climate by utilizing every part of the landscape during different seasons, and gradually they became more sedentary. Thousands of projectile points and stone tools were left behind that tell us about the different activities taking place during this long time period. The appearance of clay pottery marks the beginning of the
Woodland period (from 1000 B.C. – A.D. 1650), when people settled down for much of the year in base camps or villages. Eventually, agriculture developed and the villages became larger as the population grew.
|Excavation of the 8,000 year old pits found |
beneath the Woodland midden
If you would like to know more about the Pig Point site, please contact us and we’ll be happy to share more of our remarkable findings. But the best way to learn about the site is to volunteer in the field or the lab. We’re back in the field every Tuesday and Friday, come out to this beautiful site and join us sometime!