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King's Reach Post Mold Patterns

King’s Reach Site

 
 
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By Don Morfe, February 10, 2015
1. King's Reach Post Mold Patterns Marker
Inscription. As wooden building posts decay in the ground, they form distinctly-colored soils that archaeologists call post molds. The location and spacing of post molds provide important clues about the size of a building, the arrangements of its rooms, and how it was used, or about the type of fences that surrounded the yard.

At King’s Reach, the post mold shapes tell archaeologists that the house builders placed each post in a pre-dug hole. The orientation of the holes, and the way the posts were set in them, indicate that the walls of the house were preassembled and then erected. This was a common practice at colonial sites in the Chesapeake Bay region.

Other buildings at his plantation were constructed around closely-spaced posts that were struck in trenches, rather than into individual holes. This construction technique is not seen often on sites dating to the late 1600s.

(Inscription under the images in the center)
Closeup of partially decayed cedar post from the tobacco barn site.

Step 1 Rectangular-shaped holes are dug approximately 3 feet wide and nearly as deep.
Step 2 The posts are placed in the holes at a low angle.
Step3 The pre-assembled wall is tilted up and loose dirt is back-filled in the void
 
Location. 38° 24.12′ N, 76° 30.714′ 

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By Don Morfe, February 10, 2015
2. King's Reach Post Mold Patterns Marker
W. Marker is in St. Leonard, Maryland, in Calvert County. Marker is on Jefferson Patterson Park Road. Touch for map. The marker is on the grounds of the Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum. Marker is in this post office area: Saint Leonard MD 20685, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. What Life Was Like Here (here, next to this marker); Evidence Found in the Ground (here, next to this marker); Excavation Process Gathers the Most Information (within shouting distance of this marker); Indian Life at the Stearns Site (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); War on the Water (about 500 feet away); Discovery of a Colonial Plantation (about 700 feet away); Jefferson Patterson Park & Museum (approx. ¼ mile away); a different marker also named Jefferson Patterson Park & Museum (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in St. Leonard.
 
Categories. Colonial EraSettlements & Settlers
 
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By Don Morfe, February 10, 2015
3. King's Reach Post Mold Patterns Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on February 18, 2015, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 184 times since then and 36 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on February 18, 2015, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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