Farmstead Archaeology in North America

Author(s): Mark D Groover

Year: 2013


Farming was a prevalent way of life in North America between the 1600s and 1900s. Consequently, archaeologists conducting cultural resource management studies routinely encounter a large number of farm sites during fieldwork. Sometimes viewed as a redundant and insignificant archaeological site type, farmsteads offer a plethora of research opportunities, limited only by the questions that archaeologists address with these resources. Compelling social topics can be explored through farmstead archaeology, such as household dynamics, gender roles, quality of life, economic strategies, consumerism, race, ethnicity, and religious and political affiliation. Further, since farms were often maintained over several generations in the same family, these sites typically possess abundant historic documentation in combination with considerable time depth allowing diachronic investigation of material continuity and change. In this paper the research potential of farmstead archaeology is discussed through examples from different time periods and regions in North America.

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Farmstead Archaeology in North America. Mark D Groover. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Leicester, England, U.K. 2013 ( tDAR id: 428671)

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min long: -129.199; min lat: 24.495 ; max long: -66.973; max lat: 49.359 ;

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PaperId(s): 155