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Indians at Laurel Hill Historical Marker
of sign - Laurel Hill is five miles from Mount Airy, NC and
twenty-five miles from Stuart, VA
taken - 2005
courtesy of Free State
investigation of the Laurel Hill property by the College of William
and Mary’s Center for Archaeological Research in 1993 revealed the
presence of Native American activity on this crest during the
Archaic and Woodland Periods (circa 12000 BC to 900 A.D.). This site
appears from the recovered artifacts to have been occupied and
reoccupied by Paleo-Indian and Archaic Native American groups
exploiting the resource rich Ararat River Valley to the north. The
Paleo-Indian peoples may have used the site on the high ground above
a water source, the Ararat River, as a hunting campground. The
Archaic peoples were hunter-gatherers and the majority of artifacts
found are from this period.
Thus, this prehistoric
site appears to have been the site of intermittent Native American
activity spanning a period of some 13000 years ending with Woodland
period ending circa 900 A.D. There was no evidence of occupation in
the Late Woodland period circa 900 to 1600 A.D.
The Native American site
extends approximately 300 feet north and south and approximately 60
feet east to west of this point. The site was defined by the
recovery of prehistoric lithic tools and projectile points through
controlled surface collection methods. Photographs of the recovered
artifacts are shown here.
Graphics on the
In addition to the text
there is picture of J.E.B. Stuart and a picture of Indian artifacts.
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