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An Analysis of the Archaeological Remains at Fort Halifax Park

Author(s): Amanda Rasmussen

Year: 2015

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Summary

Fort Halifax, located in Halifax Township, Pennsylvania, was occupied from 1756 to 1757 during the French and Indian War. Fort Halifax Township Park, where the fort is believed to be located, contains rich expanses of prehistoric and historic archaeological data. Since the Fort Halifax Park contains information regarding several occupations, the collected archaeological data has been useful in identifying the spatial relationships between occupations. This data, when further analyzed through the implementation of Bayesian Statistics, could assist in identifying which locations are most likely to yield remnants of fort activity. The use of Bayesian Statistics assists in assessing a group of test criteria through the incorporation of archaeological evidence. The probability is influenced not only through geophysical data and historic artifact densities and distributions, but also other factors such as landscape data, soil stratigraphy, and levels of disturbance. This investigation implements these attributes into a statistical analysis, increasing the likelihood of recovering Fort Halifax.

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An Analysis of the Archaeological Remains at Fort Halifax Park. Amanda Rasmussen. Presented at The 80th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, San Francisco, California. 2015 ( tDAR id: 398088)


Keywords

General
Bayesian Fort Historic

Geographic Keywords
North America - Mid-Atlantic


Spatial Coverage

min long: -84.067; min lat: 36.031 ; max long: -72.026; max lat: 43.325 ;

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