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Native American soapstone quarry, Barkhamsted, Litchfield Co., Connecticut, USA

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Latitude & Longitude (WGS84): 41° 55' 29'' North , 72° 58' 40'' West
Latitude & Longitude (decimal): 41.9247222222, -72.9777777778

An outcrop of talc-rich portion of the Ordovician Ratlum Mountain schist and granofels, located off the Bronson Trail in the SE part of the Peoples State Forest about 1 km west of Barkhamsted Center. Coordinates are approximate. According to the Barkhamsted Historical Society web site:

This deposit provided soapstone for around 1,500 years and later became a rock shelter for an Indian group from the Woodland period, who made pottery. Walter Manchester first discovered this site in 1901, and in 1948 it was fully excavated by Yale. Many of the 450 artifacts recovered are on display at the Peabody Museum in New Haven. The Pequots produced a film on soapstone bowl-making at this site, which they show at their museum in Mashantucket, Connecticut.

This vague reference by Taylor (1824) sounds like it can be attributed to this locality:

Actynolite in potstone [at Barkhamsted].

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Taylor, Steuben. (1824), Miscellaneous localities of minerals. American Journal of Science: s. 1, 7: 253-4.

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