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Near Ararat in Patrick County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Native Americans At Laurel Hill

 
 
Native Americans At Laurel Hill Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael C. Wilcox, April 21, 2012
1. Native Americans At Laurel Hill Marker
Inscription. The 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 the crest during the Archaic and Woodland periods (c. 12000 BC to 900 C.E.). This site appears, from the recovered artifacts, to have been occupied and reoccupied by the Paleo-Indian and Archaic Native American groups exploiting the resource rich Ararat River valley to the north. The Paleo-Indian peoples may have used this site on high ground above a water source, the Ararat River, as a hunting campground. The Archaic peoples were hunter-gathers 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 thirteen thousand years ending with the Woodland period c. 900 C.E. There was no evidence of occupation in the Late Woodland period, c. 900 to 1600 C. E.

The Native American site extends approximately 300 feet north and south and approximately 60 feet east and 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.

This sign is a gift
Recovered Artifacts image. Click for full size.
By Michael C. Wilcox, April 21, 2012
2. Recovered Artifacts
of
Mrs. Pat Gwyn Woltz of Mount Ary, Nofth Carolina
In Loving Memory of John Elliot Woltz Husband and
Dr. Robert Vance Welch, Great Grandfather
Surgeon, C.S.A. Medical Corps.

 
Erected 1999 by J.E.B. Stuart Birthplace Preservation Trust, Inc.
 
Location. 36° 33.87′ N, 80° 33.24′ W. Marker is near Ararat, Virginia, in Patrick County. Marker can be reached from 1091 Ararat Highway (Virginia Route 773). Touch for map. Located on the grounds of the Jeb Stuart Birthplace (Laurel Hill). Marker is at or near this postal address: 1091 Ararat Hwy, Ararat VA 24053, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Stuart Kitchen (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); House Site (about 500 feet away); The Stuart Graveyard (about 500 feet away); The "Lee" Tree (about 800 feet away); "Stuart the Raider" (about 800 feet away); "Stuart the Scout" (about 800 feet away); "Stuart the Commander" (about 800 feet away); "Stuart the Leader" (about 800 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Ararat.
 
Categories. Native Americans
 
Native Americans At Laurel Hill Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael C. Wilcox, April 21, 2012
3. Native Americans At Laurel Hill Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 21, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 21, 2016, by Michael C. Wilcox of Winston-Salem, North Carolina. This page has been viewed 142 times since then and 31 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on November 21, 2016, by Michael C. Wilcox of Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
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