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Baker Site (15MU12)
|Nearest city||Skilesville, Kentucky|
|Area||1.5 acres (0.61 ha)|
|MPS||Green River Shell Middens of Kentucky TR|
|NRHP reference No.||86000654|
|Added to NRHP||April 1, 1986|
The Baker Site is an archaeological site in Muhlenberg County, Kentucky, located north of Andrew's Run and 2 miles (3.2 km) northwest of Rochester. The site is a shell midden site dating from the Middle Archaic period. In addition to middens, the site also includes four human graves and three dog graves. A number of artifacts, including projectile points and scrapers, have been obtained from the site.
The first surveys of the site took place in 1938, when pits were dug at the site to obtain material for chicken feed. The site was named for Harry Baker, who owned the neighboring piece of land. In 1979, a state survey observed that the center of the site had been destroyed, leaving only the periphery — about 25% of the total site — comparatively undisturbed. Nevertheless, the site remains valuable, and its edges are believed to retain substantial amounts of information. Such an assessment depended partly on the surface collection performed by the 1979 survey, which recovered 55 stone tools and 44 artifacts derived from animals.
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