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Middletown Transcript
  • Historic Odessa to dig more than dirt on Sunday

  • Artifacts from one of Sussex County's most prominent 17th -century families – as well as the story of their discovery – will be the focus of a special lecture in Odessa on Sunday.
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  • Artifacts from one of Sussex County's most prominent 17th -century families – as well as the story of their discovery – will be the focus of a special lecture in Odessa on Sunday.
    Members of the Archeological Society of Delaware will discuss the seven-year excavation of Avery's Rest during the 2 p.m. event in the visitors center of the Historic Odessa Foundation at 201 Main St.
    Avery's Rest is the 800-acre, Rehoboth Beach-area plantation of English colonist John Avery, captain of the militia and president judge of what was then known as Whorekill, and his wife Sarah, the first documented school teacher in Maryland.
    Hundreds of artifacts have been excavated from the couple's former property, revealing details of the frontier culture of early Delaware, including battles for between Dutch, British and Native American colonists, as well as competing interests from Pennsylvania and Maryland.
    Some of the most relevant artifacts from that archeological dig are currently on display at the Historic Odessa Foundation as part of an exhibit called, "Digging More Than Dirt at Avery's Rest."
    Sunday's presentation will include site director Daniel Griffith's discussing those items' significance, as well as highlights of past excavations, a review of how archaeology is used to discover historic sites and the methodology used for excavating sites.
    Admission to the lecture is $5 for the general public and free for foundation members.
    For more information, please call 302-378-4119.

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