Broaddus Flats Site (44Hn254) is a multicomponent (colonial,
prehistoric and contact) site located near the south bank of
the Pamunkey River in northeastern Hanover County.
Originally within New Kent County,
this home may have been Assesquin Plantation, home of family
patriarch David Crafford (also Crawford). (For more information,
see "The History
of the Broaddus Flats Site.")
Excavations over nine years have
revealed partial brick foundations, a cellar and a slot trench
for a posted fence that enclosed the half-acre yard.
Ceramic finds include English
delftware, Rhenish and English stonewares, imported and locally-made
earthenwares. Marked pottery by William Rogers of Yorktown and
plain Colono-ware are also well-represented. English pipe bowl
styles range from the 1690s to about 1740, with an abundant
sampling having maker's marks within cartouches from the first
quarter of the 18th century. (For more information, see "Artifactual
Evidence from the Broaddus Flats Site.")
Faunal remains indicate a varied
diet of both domesticated and wild game.
Archeological Society of Virginia
members, student volunteers and even Boy Scouts working on their
archaeology merit badge have all contributed over the years.
Date posted: 6.23.03