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Insights on the American Experience from Zooarchaeology

Author(s): Terrance J. Martin

Year: 2013

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Archaeological investigations of historical sites in the midwestern United States provide numerous examples that illustrate how zooarchaeological analyses can provide unique perspectives on how various social and ethnic groups responded to changing culture contact situations, as well as to alterations in economic and environmental settings. Although studies of animal remains are typically directed at revealing details about past foodways, several case studies demonstrate how animal exploitation strategies exemplify the American experience in other ways. These include the French colonial occupation of the Illinois Country and the Upper Great Lakes, the Potawatomi in the Kankakee drainage on the eve of removal, migrations to communities in west central Illinois by groups from various regions during the nineteenth century, and the ethnic composition of lumbar camps in northern Michigan.


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Insights on the American Experience from Zooarchaeology. Terrance J. Martin. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Leicester, England, U.K. 2013 ( tDAR id: 428678)


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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): 276

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