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“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near Franklin in Southampton County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

The Hand Site

 
 
The Hand Site Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, October 27, 2012
1. The Hand Site Marker
Inscription. East of here near the Nottoway River stood a Late Woodland Indian settlement occupied intermittently circa A.D. 700 to 1650, and long claimed by the Cheroenhaka (Nottoway). Excavated in the 1960s, occupation phases included features such as a fortified town and burials. In an area flanked by Iroquoian Cheroenhaka (Nottoway) and Meherrin to the north- and southwest, and by Algonquian Weyanoke, Nansemond, and Chowanoke tribes to the northeast and south, the site shows influences from both linguistic groups which may indicate both trade and use by different groups at different times. Archaeologists also found 17th century European iron scissors and hand wrought nails.
 
Erected 2011 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number U-116.)
 
Location. 36° 38.643′ N, 77° 1.826′ W. Marker is near Franklin, Virginia, in Southampton County. Marker is at the intersection of General Thomas Highway (Virginia Route 671) and Handsom Road (Virginia Route 734), on the right when traveling east on General Thomas Highway. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Franklin VA 23851, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. General Thomas' Birthplace (approx. 3.2 miles away);
Gen Thomas Hwy & Handsom Rd image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, October 27, 2012
2. Gen Thomas Hwy & Handsom Rd
"Thomaston" (approx. 3˝ miles away); a different marker also named Thomaston (approx. 3˝ miles away); Marle Hill (approx. 4 miles away); Major Joseph E. Gillette (approx. 4.2 miles away); The Rebecca Vaughan House (approx. 4.9 miles away); William Mahone's Birthplace (approx. 4.9 miles away); Mahone’s Tavern (approx. 5.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Franklin.
 
Categories. AnthropologyNative Americans
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 29, 2012, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 450 times since then and 47 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 29, 2012, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.
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