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Community Connections from Archaic to Present in Southeastern Massachusetts: Insights from Halls Swamp and Beyond

Author(s): Erin Flynn ; Dianna Doucette

Year: 2015

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The Halls Swamp Site represents a newly identified Middle and Late Archaic multi-component occupation in Kingston, Plymouth County, Massachusetts. Community interest and insight in archaeology through the local historical commission, along with dedicated Native American monitors, prompted a professional archaeological survey resulting in an overwhelming municipal response to the importance of preserving a unique cultural landscape. The Halls Swamp Site is also yet another piece of an ever evolving and growing puzzle about Archaic Period settlement patterns in the Northeast that questions what we can still learn from the limited amount of research typically allowed through cultural resource management, and reflects the importance of choosing the most efficient interdisciplinary approaches for mitigation as well as preservation. Excavation of just two percent of the Halls Swamp Site yielded over 24,000 artifacts and 78 cultural features, including a stone row feature and evidence possibly associated with Archaic Period house structures.

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Community Connections from Archaic to Present in Southeastern Massachusetts: Insights from Halls Swamp and Beyond. Erin Flynn, Dianna Doucette. Presented at The 80th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, San Francisco, California. 2015 ( tDAR id: 396489)


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min long: -80.815; min lat: 39.3 ; max long: -66.753; max lat: 47.398 ;

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