Date of Award


Document Type

Masters Thesis

Degree Name


Organizational Unit

College of Arts Humanities and Social Sciences, Anthropology

First Advisor

Lawrence B. Conyers, Ph.D.

Second Advisor

Esteban Gomez

Third Advisor

Adam Rovner


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


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.

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Rights Holder

Maeve E. Herrick


Received from ProQuest

File Format




File Size

194 p.



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Anthropology Commons