Brian Crane, Ph.D., RPA, Archae 3D LLC, bdcrane@archae3d.com

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DoD Legacy Project

Recreation of 16th-century Fort San Felipe within Spanish Santa Elena, based on archaeological and historical research, and a World War I interior of Marine Corps Barracks in Washington, D.C. prepared from engineering plans and historical photographs. These images were prepared to demonstrate best practices for 3D visualization for Department of Defense cultural resources projects. DoD Legacy Resource Project 14-733.

Fort Ethan Allen

This sequence of renderings shows a model reconstruction of Fort Ethan Allen, VA. Fort Ethan Allen was one of the Civil War Union defenses of Washington, on the high ground above Chain Bridge. Very little of the earthworks survives, and the surrounding area has been transformed by suburban development.

The images were prepared to support Arlington County in public interpretation efforts in Fort Ethan Allen Park.

Historic Well Reconstructions

These images were prepared for the Delaware Department of Transportation as part of public interpretation of archaeological features found in the right of way for the Route 301 extension project in Delaware.  Wells are potentially valuable archaeological features, and fairly common on historical sites. More than 50 have been excavated at least partially in Delaware, including six along the Route 301 extension corridor. Since a number of well features were discovered during the Route 301 project, DelDOT archaeologists synthesized what we know about wells excavated all over the state in order to better understand these important features.

These models were included in the Delaware 2016 Archaeology Month Poster:  http://www.delawarearchaeology.org/

Brick wells were the most common type of well found by archaeologists in Delaware. The earliest examples we have in the state date from the 2nd quarter of the 18th-century, and they continue in use into the 20th century. The example shown above is from the Polk tenant farm site in New Castle County, recorded by Richard Grubb & Associates for the Route 301 Project.

Brick wells were often lined as the well was dug. The hole for the well would be started, and a course of brick laid out on a circular wooden platform with a hole wide enough to allow dirt to be excavated from underneath it. As more dirt was removed from under the wooden platform, the weight of the bricks would push it to the bottom, and another course of bricks could be added on top of the first. This process would continue until the desired bottom of the well was reached, and the lining was complete. Additional layers of brick could be added above ground to prevent people or animals from falling in and to provide a structure for a well covering, or from which a bucket could be suspended.