The Ancient Floors of Housepit 54, Bridge River site: Stratigraphy and Dating

Author(s): Kristen Barnett; Anna Prentiss

Year: 2015


The Bridge River Archaeological Project is a long-term partnership between The University of Montana and X’wisten, the Bridge River Indian Band. The focus of the project is on understanding the historical development of this large housepit village, located near Lillooet, British Columbia. Previous research has emphasized village-wide demographic, technological, and socio-economic and political change during the Bridge River 2 (1600-1300 cal. B.P.), 3 (1300-1000 cal. B.P.), and 4 (post 600 cal. B.P.) periods. With support from the National Endowment for the Humanities, excavations conducted from 2012 to 2014 focused on a remarkable occupation sequence from a single house. Housepit 54 contains an estimated 15 superimposed anthropogenic floors, each with extensive primary evidence for household activities. Dating to the BR 2 through 4 periods, these contexts provide us with abundant opportunities to examine change and continuity in household occupation patterns during these times. In this poster, we introduce the ancient floors (BR 2 and 3 periods) of Housepit 54 with a focus on stratigraphic resolution and radiocarbon dating. The poster also serves as an introduction to the poster symposium.

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The Ancient Floors of Housepit 54, Bridge River site: Stratigraphy and Dating. Anna Prentiss, Kristen Barnett. Presented at The 80th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, San Francisco, California. 2015 ( tDAR id: 395784)

Spatial Coverage

min long: -169.717; min lat: 42.553 ; max long: -122.607; max lat: 71.301 ;