Excavating Occaneechi Town

Excavating Occaneechi Town

Archaeology of an Eighteenth-Century Indian Village in North Carolina

Edited by R. P. Stephen Davis Jr., Patrick C. Livingood,
H. Trawick Ward, and Vincas P. Steponaitis


This electronic monograph incorporates a remarkable body of information on the archaeological discoveries made at the Fredricks site, an eighteenth-century Occaneechi Indian community located in present-day Hillsborough, North Carolina. With detailed descriptions and interpretations, hundreds of color photographs, and complete data on all artifacts and archaeological features found at this important site, it will serve as both a valuable scholarly reference and a dynamic teaching tool.     

Useful features include an easy-to-use browser, sophisticated tools for navigating and searching text, hypertext links to bibliographic references and illustrations, extensive cross-referencing, and machine-readable databases for statistical analysis. Of special note is a unique “electronic dig” feature that allows teachers to simulate an archaeological excavation in the classroom.     

Originally published in 1998 as a CD-ROM, Excavating Occaneechi Town is now available online and can be accessed with a browser on a personal computer, tablet, or smartphone.

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About the Authors

R. P. Stephen Davis Jr. is research archaeologist and associate director of the Research Laboratories of Archaeology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

H. Trawick Ward, now deceased, was research archaeologist at the Research Laboratories of Archaeology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Patrick C. Livingood is associate professor of anthropology at the University of Oklahoma.

Vincas P. Steponaitis is distinguished professor of archaeology and anthropology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.


“A model of elegant and sophisticated research. . . . The software provides valuable research and learning tools for scholars and students alike.”
–Southeastern Archaeology

“A remarkable educational tool for anyone interested in North American archaeology.”
–Electronic Resources Review

Excavating Occaneechi Town brings the field into the classroom. . . . It offers a unique view of the lives of [North Carolina’s] Native American inhabitants at a time when the Carolinian colonial frontier was being pushed westward. . . . [It] sets a very high standard. . . . The wave of the future for archaeological site reports.”

Excavating Occaneechi Town is a full-blown archaeological site report; it details a beautifully excavated site, and is extremely rich in information and interpretation. As such, professional archaeologists will find plenty of hard data and in greater detail than is often possible in a traditionally published book. . . . Excavating Occaneechi Town is a magnificent achievement, from both an archaeological and a publishing point of view.”
–Journal of Middle Atlantic Archaeology

“Extremely rich in information and interpretation. . . . Excavating Occaneechi Town is a teaching tool and an approachable, fascinating presentation aimed at the general lay reader.”
–Journal of Middle Atlantic Archaeology

“A must for college libraries serving undergraduate and graduate programs in anthropology and archaeology.”

“For anyone with an interest in archaeology, this remarkable product opens an amazing window on the excavation of an eighteenth-century Indian settlement in North Carolina. All of the detailed maps, photographs, and scholarly descriptions of Occaneechi Town and its artifacts are carefully linked in a very accessible and engaging fabric of interpretation that provides a fascinating and comprehensive view of how archaeologists piece together the way of life of an ancient Indian village.”
Bruce Smith, Smithsonian Institution