Specialized Analyses of Cultural Materials and Features from Pre-Contact Native American Sites in New England

Part of: Society for American Archaeology 81st Annual Meeting, Orlando, FL (2016)

New data from protein residue, phytolith, and radiocarbon analyses have contributed to our understanding of pre-contact Native American subsistence procurement practices and settlement patterning in southern New England. Posters in this session illustrate recent cultural resource management (CRM) investigations conducted by The Public Archaeology Laboratory, Inc. (PAL).

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  • An Illustrative Case Study for an Archaic House Structure in Southern New England: Insights from the Halls Swamp Site and Beyond (2016)
    DOCUMENT Citation Only Erin Flynn. Dianna Doucette.

    The Halls Swamp Site represents an Archaic and Woodland Period multi-component Native American occupation in Kingston, Plymouth County, Massachusetts. Excavation of just two percent of the Halls Swamp Site yielded over 24,000 artifacts and 78 cultural features, including evidence of an Archaic Period house structure. Archaic Period dwellings have largely gone unnoticed in southern New England due to poor preservation conditions and the ephemeral nature of these features. However, a concentration...

  • Procuring and Processing Resources Down by the Brook: Archaeological Investigations at The Susquetonscut Brook Site 11 in Eastern Connecticut (2016)
    DOCUMENT Citation Only Kristen Jeremiah. Dianna Doucette.

    In July of 2015 The Public Archaeology Laboratory (PAL) completed data recovery investigations at the Susquetonscut Brook Site 11 (SB 11), in Lebanon, Connecticut. Investigations resulted in the recovery of over 7,000 artifacts, including diagnostic projectile points, a variety of stone tools and debitage, calcine bone, and Native pottery sherds. Cultural features exposed during investigations include post molds, pit features, fire hearths, and a roasting platform. The overall lithic tool...

  • Susquetonscut Brook 5 Site: Residential Base Camp in an Upland Interior Setting? (2016)
    DOCUMENT Citation Only Ora Elquist.

    The Susquetonscut Brook 5 Site located in Lebanon, Connecticut consists of Archaic to Woodland Period deposits within an upland interior setting. Such upland interior sites are typically associated with small campsites of a temporary nature. Data recovery excavations at the site in 2015 revealed numerous, large and complex features, such as storage pits, postmolds, and roasting pits, that are more typically associated with larger, more residential campsites located within lower-lying floodplain...

  • Villages, Horticulture, and the Narragansett: Native American Settlement and Resource Exploitation along the Southern Rhode Island Coast ca. 1300-1400 AD. (2016)
    DOCUMENT Citation Only Joseph Waller. Alan Leveillee.

    The Salt Pond archaeological site was identified during environmental review planning for a proposed residential subdivision in the 1980s. Archaeological investigations in the 1980s, 1990s, and early 2000s provided glimpses into Native American settlement and subsistence strategies within Rhode Island's coastal zone. Continued multi-disciplinary study of this culturally significant place has provided a wealth of new information on the late pre-contact environment, Native American village...