Vol. 17, No. 36July 9, 1998

Digging it in Old New Castle

It's an interesting archeological site but it isn't in Cairo, the Yucatan or Pompeii. It's the grounds of the Read House at 42 the Strand in Old New Castle. On "Beneath Our Feet" day, Saturday, July 18, children are invited to join the dig. Interactive, hands-on activities for kids will be available at the site from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

While there won't be mummified pharaoh remains or bejeweled goblets to unearth, there will be animal bones, food remains, glassware and other artifacts that the first Delawareans used as they went about their daily lives at the site of the Read family home and garden. Read was a signer of the Declaration of Independence.

Under the direction of Lu Ann De Cunzo, anthropology, adult volunteers, high school and UD graduate and undergraduate students have been unearthing artifacts at the site for the last four years. The Read House and gardens is owned and operated by the Historical Society of Delaware. The archeological dig is cosponsored by the UD anthropology department and the historical society.

For information, call 322-8411. Information about the site is available on the Internet at http://www.udel.edu/anthro/decunzo/read/