Archaeologists from the Public Archaeology Facility (PAF) first identified the Precontact Stratton Mill Creek site (SUBi-2350) in 2005 during a NYS Department of Transportation project in the Town of Kirkwood, Broome County, New York. The project called for relocation of Stratton Mill Creek and associated reconstruction of NY12.
The site is located on the east side of the Susquehanna River on the floodplain and alluvial terraces. People used these landforms repeatedly, starting as early as 3200 B.C. (the Late Archaic period), returning during the Transitional period (as early as 1850 B.C.), and again during the Early Woodland (ca. 174 B.C.). The site also showed some evidence for use during the Middle Archaic (6262-6087 B.C. and 6345-6312 B.C.) and historic period (A.D. 1660-1890 and A.D. 1910-1950). Evidence suggests that people lived in seasonal camps in this portion of the Susquehanna Valley for millennia and possibly created a special use structure at one point in the past.
Browse the following pages to learn more about the rich history uncovered at the Stratton Mill Creek site.