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Toponymical indices to the past landscape and resource extraction along the Wolastoq and its environs

Author(s): Kenneth Holyoke ; Susan Blair ; Ramona Nicholas

Year: 2017

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Summary

Previous studies in New Brunswick have described traditional terminology and place-names (Blair, nd.; Ganong 1896; Rayburn 1975) as well as traditional lifeways and practice (Perley et al. 2000) along the Saint John River, or, the Wolastoq. These studies recognize the intimate relationship between the river and its people, and the language that describes the connection to the river and its dynamic landscape. Certainly, this applies to a perception of resource locales along the river, from where to catch fish, to sourcing wood for a wigwam, to locations for quality toolstone resources. Drawing on these toponymical indices in comparison to the distribution of known archaeological sites presents an opportunity to reflect on the interpretations we have about site function and location, as well as the memory of these places through time and the importance of certain resources and resource extraction locales.


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Toponymical indices to the past landscape and resource extraction along the Wolastoq and its environs. Kenneth Holyoke, Susan Blair, Ramona Nicholas. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 429644)


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

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Abstract Id(s): 17514

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