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9,000 Years of Life Under the Bridge: The Archaeology of Chimney Point

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The University of Vermont Consulting Archaeology Program recently completed excavations at Chimney Point as part of the construction of the new bridge between West Addison, VT and Crown Point, NY.  The project was conducted on behalf of the Vermont Agency of Transportation as part of the federal permit process for the massive construction project led by the New York State Department of Transportation.

The results of historic and archaeological research associated with the bridge project illustrate the significance of Chimney Point to the Native American and European history of the Champlain Valley and Vermont.   In the space of only a half an acre under the old bridge, archaeologists have found evidence of 9,000 years of human occupation, ranging from Native American settlements and camps, to portions of a French Fort built in 1731, to the location of one of Vermont's first pottery kilns.

John Crock, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of Anthropology and the Director of the UVM Consulting Archaeology Program.

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