Date of Award

1-1-2018

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A.

Department

Anthropology

First Advisor

Lawrence B. Conyers, Ph.D.

Keywords

17th Century, Colonial, Connecticut, Hollister, Native American, New England

Abstract

A multi-method approach including ground-penetrating radar, magnetometry, historical research, excavations, and artifact analyses was used to gather data at a 17th century archaeological site in South Glastonbury, Connecticut. Interpretation of these data provided evidence that the Europeans who occupied this site were involved in a variety of activities such as agriculture, trade, and developing Indigenous relationships. These activities included cultivating an agricultural surplus instead of relying on subsistence farming, access to trading networks that extended throughout the Colonies and into Europe, and cohabitation with the Indigenous peoples in the area. This research led to an examination of various historical narratives on early Colonial Connecticut and shows that English colonists were interacting with their environment in ways that are much more nuanced and complex than previously suggested.

Provenance

Received from ProQuest

Rights holder

Jasmine Coreen Saxon

File size

209 p.

File format

application/pdf

Language

en

Discipline

Archaeology

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