Mackenzie Site

Early Woodland

 

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation hired cultural specialist before proceeding with bridge repair in Haycock Township. A small Native American site within the proposed bridge and road corridor was found.

They recovered pottery shards,chips of stone from tool making and a variety of stone tools.  The shapes of the stone tools and the pottery decorations suggested that the site dated to 500 BC, a time period archaeologists have called the Early Woodland.  Most of the stone artifacts were made of jasper, rock type that comes from the Hardyston Geologic Formation, a three mile wide corridor that runs from Kutztown to Easton, south of the Lehigh River.

The Mackensie Site represents a short term occupation by a small group of Native Americans living around 500 BC.  The site inhabitants carried out basic subsistence activities that included making stone tools, processing plants and animals, using pottery and consuming meals, sometimes along the banks of streams.  They made short term inland trips to acquire raw material for Stone tools and seasonally available resources. 

Pennsylvania Department of Transportation Brochure - Page 1 - Page 2

 

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