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Abbott Farm

Trenton, New Jersey
County of Mercer.
National Register Number: 76001158
Resource type: Site.
Property type: Domestic - village site (pueblo group). The threat level was Threatened in
2002.
Congressional District: NJ-4 Certified Local Government: NO
Web Site: http://cpc.state.pa.us/main/cpcweb/.

Statement of Significance (as of designation - December 8, 1976):
Abbott Farm is the largest known Middle Woodland (ca. 500 B.C.-500 A.D.) village site in the coastal Mid-Atlantic/New England region. This property became the focal point of a famous 40-year controversy about the antiquity of human occupation of the New World. More than 100 books and articles have been published on Abbott Farm, one of the country's most famous archeological sites.

Generally, some level of development and some level of looting continues; however, recently Green Acres acquired a property with archaeological remains on the bluff edge for public ownership that had been slated for development (this was the "Bywater" property.) Other properties are being considered. In addition, there is strong oversight, advocacy, vision and public programming by Delaware and Raritan Greenways, Inc. and local advocates. The high quality interpretation of archaeological remains continues through lectures and exhibits and the soon to be released Route 29 data recovery report being prepared by Berger.


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