Excavating Occaneechi Town
Welcome to an online archaeological site report!
What was Occaneechi Town?
Occaneechi Town, also known as the Fredricks site, was a small but important 18th-century village of the Occaneechi tribe that still exists today. The tribe’s village was on the banks of the Eno River in North Carolina. Archaeologists from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill started excavating Occaneechi Town because they wanted to learn more about how Native Americans were affected by European colonization.
Why “Excavating Occaneechi Town?”
Archaeologists wanted to describe and explain the buried remains of what they found over the course of the excavation in an accessible and interactive way, so they created the online site report Excavating Occaneechi Town. The report contains visual and descriptive information that you do not usually get to experience in a typical archaeological site report. It is a complete, fully searchable record of all the excavated contexts and recovered artifacts from Occaneechi Town with 1,000+ full-color photographs and maps, and information on 100,000+ analyzed artifacts! The report also contained an archaeological teaching tool, called the “Electronic Dig,” where you could design your own research strategies and virtually re-excavate Occaneechi Town.
Behind the Scenes: The technical stuff
Want to learn more?
Explore the Excavating Occaneechi Town website by clicking the button below. You can also watch video clips of the archaeological dig in the Video Gallery and explore a summary of the Fredricks site on this website.