Sampling of North Carolina's Archaeological Sites
Onslow County, NC
The Uniflite site (3lOn33),
located in coastal Onslow County, was discovered in 1963 by Tucker
Littleton, and was later visited and recorded by staff from the
Research Laboratories of Anthropology at Chapel Hill. In 1976, Dr.
Thomas C. Loftfield, UNC-Wilmington, excavated two prehistoric pits
which were eroding out of the bank. During these salvage excavations,
Loftfield noted the presence of additional subsurface features,
intact stratigraphy, articulated animal skeletons and large quantities
of carbonized plant materials.
During the summer of
1977, Loftfield conducted a field school at the site and in the,
late fall of that year continued investigations in connection with
a Corps [of Engineers] permit application from the landowner for
construction of a bulkhead.
The Uniflite site is
a multicomponent site with a primary occupation occurring during
the early portion of the Late Woodland period. Although only a small
portion of the site has been excavated, it has been identified as
a seasonally occupied (late spring - early summer) village whose
inhabitants depended heavily upon the exploitation of shellfish
for food. Features investigated at the site included two house patterns
of post molds, storage pits, hearths and dog burials. The extensive
shell midden at the site aided in the preservation of large quantities
of fish bone and scales.
Although not presently
listed in the National Register of Historic Places, the Uniflite
site was determined eligible for listing in 1977.
by: Dolores A.
Hall, NC Office of State Archaeology
by permission from the NEWSLETTER of the Friends of
North Carolina Archaeology, Inc., Summer 1988, Volume 4, Number 1.
© North Carolina Archaeological Society 1988
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