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Lecture on “Archaeological Testing at the Bloomsbury Estates Site, Raleigh NC”

when: Apr. 11, 2013

Paul Webb delivered a talk on “Archaeological Testing at the Bloomsbury Estates Site, Raleigh NC” on Thursday, April 11, 2013, at 7 pm at the Visitors Center at 160 South Saint Mary’s Street, Raleigh, NC 27603. Admission was $15 for the general public and $10 for members of the Joel Lane Historical Society. Refreshments were served. Seating was limited, and advanced payment was required. Please call 919-833-3431 with your MasterCard or Visa, or mail a check to P O Box 10884, Raleigh NC 27605. Be sure to include the names of all in your party; nametags will serve as tickets. Tickets are non-refundable unless we must cancel the event.

Paul Webb presented information on recent archaeological work at the Wake Courthouse community (also known as Bloomsbury or Wake Crossroads), which developed in the late 1700s around the home of Joel Lane. By the early 1790s the community included Lane’s house and outbuildings, a tavern, the Wake County courthouse and jail, and an unknown number of other buildings. The existence of this community has long been known, but until 2006 there had been no attempts to determine if any below-ground remains of the community had survived the extensive late 19th to 20th century residential and commercial development of the area. That year, archaeological testing conducted prior to construction of the Bloomsbury Estates condominiums identified a pit cellar and possible cistern base associated with a former building location, and recovered several hundred artifacts from the late 1700s to early 1800s occupation. The work confirmed that intact remains of the Wake Courthouse community have survived in this highly developed setting and suggests that additional materials may be present elsewhere in the area.

Paul Webb manages TRC Environmental Corporation’s Chapel Hill office and has been conducting archaeological projects in North Carolina since moving here in 1992. He currently specializes in the archaeology of the Cherokee area of western North Carolina but has managed or directed many types of projects across North Carolina and the Southeast. Paul grew up in Georgia and attended the University of Georgia and Southern Illinois University; before coming to North Carolina he worked extensively in Georgia, Illinois, New York, and Connecticut.

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What visitors say

Thank you for touring us around the Joel Lane House. Our architecture and the way we live has come a long way throughout the years. You really gave us great information on what life was like back when Joel Lane was alive. They lived in very harsh conditions with no heat or air condition which would be very tough today. I appreciate all your help and time put in to tour us around the house.