Date of Award

1-1-2017

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A.

Department

Anthropology

First Advisor

Lawrence B. Conyers

Keywords

Agency, Colonial Connecticut, Geophysical methods, Ground-penetrating radar, Landscape, Magnetometry

Abstract

The focus of this research is the ways in which interactions between Indigenous peoples and English settler-colonists were manifested in the landscape at a seventeenth-century site in South Glastonbury, Connecticut. Magnetometry and ground-penetrating radar allowed for the location of anthropogenic and geological features on the landscape, and for the seventeenth-century landscape to be recreated. This reconstruction indicated that Europeans and Indigenous peoples may have been cohabitating the site. Archival research helped to uncover what types of interactions may have been occurring at the site. Excavations uncovered "Indigenous" artifacts in a "European" context, leading to the reconsideration of the prevailing perspectives on culture change in the region. All of these data led to the examination of the nuanced relationships that were fostered between Indigenous peoples and English settler-colonists during the first decades of colonialism in the Connecticut River Valley.

Provenance

Recieved from ProQuest

Rights holder

Maeve E. Herrick

File size

194 p.

File format

application/pdf

Language

en

Discipline

Archaeology

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