Sample Surveys

Three Hat Mountain Quarry

Located in Davidson County, NC this prehistoric quarry is rich in knappalbe lithic raw materials. The objective of this report is to provide an assessment in the changes of extraction technology, reduction methods, and distribution patterns of the raw materials. In the links below you will find full report on the meta volcanic rich Three Hat Mountain Quarry.

An Assessment of Lithic Extraction Technology at a Metavolcanic Quarry in the Slate Belt of North Carolina


Uwharrie Volcanic Belt

Located in Central North Carolina the Uwharrie Volcanic Belt, most commonly known as the Carolina Slate Belt, is one of the most complex and least understand geological areas of North America. Stretching from Petersburg, VA to central Georgia this region was heavily utilized as a source for knappable stone by prehistoric man. Below you will find a full Field Trip guide written by Jeri L. Jones on the Uwharrie Volcanic Belt. 

Field Guide To The Geology and Archaeology of The Uwharrie Volcanic Belt Central North Carolina - Jeri L. Jones April 1977


Carolina Slate Belt 

The OSA would like to thank the North Carolina Geological Survey for providing its supply of hand samples of rocks from the Carolina Slate Belt region. Below you will find a descriptive excel file outlining each rock's geological features.

NC Geological Survey Carolina Slate Belt Rocks Descriptive Excel File