POSTPONED-NCAS Spring Dig at Town Creek Indian Mound

In light of Governor Cooper’s state of emergency declaration and guidance regarding canceling or postponing large gatherings in an effort to limit the spread of COVID-19, this event has been postponed. While we are disappointed not to be able to offer this experience, the health and safety of our visitors, volunteers, and staff is always our first priority. When this event is rescheduled, we will announce new dates in the future.

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The North Carolina Archaeological Society is partnering with the NC Office of State Archaeology and Town Creek Indian Mound State Historic Site to offer a hands-on archaeological experience for NCAS members! The specific research goal of this project is to investigate an area north of the palisaded portion of the site where, due to the lack of archaeological investigations in this part of the site, little is known about how this area was used and how it relates to the core of the site to the south. In this first phase of fieldwork, the primary goal will be to expose, document, and map any intact archaeological features.

We invite current NCAS members to participate (join or renew). Activities for which help is needed include digging, sifting soil to recover artifacts, troweling, and mapping with a laser transit. Archaeologists will be available to train participants in field methods so no previous experience is required! To register, please fill out the survey below.

Excavations will begin daily at 8:30 am and continue until 4:00 pm. In case of inclement weather, please bring rain gear. Canopies will be on site. Please wear comfortable outdoor clothing that can get dirty and bring gloves and camping chairs if needed. Food and lodging will NOT be provided, but free on-site tent camping is available. The camping area has a large fire pit, ample firewood, and a spigot, but no power. Other local accommodations include Uwharrie Cabins, Ellerbe Springs B&B, and Quality Inn Albemarle (704-983-6990).