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Pottery Function, Cooking, and Subsistence in the Upper Great Lakes: A View from the Middle Woodland Winter Site in Northern Michigan

Author(s): Susan Kooiman

Year: 2015

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The relationship between subsistence and food-processing technology is a burgeoning topic in archaeology and has the potential to yield new perspectives on resource choice and cuisine in the Upper Great Lakes. This paper presents the results of exploratory functional pottery analysis from the well-dated Winter site, a Middle Woodland habitation in the western Upper Peninsula of Michigan. The analytic data discussed includes those physical properties affecting ceramic vessel performance, as well as use-alteration traces, particularly those indicative of cooking and food processing techniques. The analytic results are compared to similar data from the Naomikong Point site, another northern Michigan Middle Woodland site. Both sites are then contrasted with data from the nearby Late Woodland Sand Point site in order to explore possible temporal changes in subsistence practices, which could be linked to a broader suite of behavioral changes taking place during the late prehistoric period in this region. Together, the comparative application of functional pottery analysis to these assemblages could serve as the foundation for a more refined regional understanding of prehistoric vessel function, cooking techniques, and diet.

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Pottery Function, Cooking, and Subsistence in the Upper Great Lakes: A View from the Middle Woodland Winter Site in Northern Michigan. Susan Kooiman. Presented at The 80th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, San Francisco, California. 2015 ( tDAR id: 394937)


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min long: -104.634; min lat: 36.739 ; max long: -80.64; max lat: 49.153 ;

Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America