Rare Archaeological Find In Duryea To Be Studied Further

December 17, 2018

DURYEA — A rare archaeological find from a local dig site could get more explanation.

The Frances Dorrance chapter of the Society for Pennsylvania Archaeology plans to apply for a grant from the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission that will pay for carbon dating for a stone point the group uncovered earlier this year.

Volunteers found a type of weapon point, known as a Neville point, earlier this year. This particular type of point was first found in New Hampshire in 1976. It is mostly found in New England, but it can be found as far away as eastern Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

The group has found many points before, but this was special for two reasons. The type of point is one the group has not found before in 20 years of searching around the confluence of the Susquehanna and Lackawanna rivers, and its location next to a fire pit allows for carbon-dating.

A carbon sample usually costs about $650, said Al Pesotine, president of the Frances Dorrance chapter. A grant would help cover the cost.

The information that carbon-dating provides will tell the group when prehistoric people were using the tool, adding to the mosaic of information they have about when, where and how people were living in Northeast Pennsylvania thousands of years ago.

In the meantime, the work continues. The group is preparing for next year’s excavation season.

Volunteers moved the weather port — a large hut that covers their work area — to a new site in the area to begin excavating in spring 2019.

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