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A NEW APPROACH TO PRECONTACT ARCHAEOLOGICAL RESEARCH ON THE ANNAPOLIS RIVER SYSTEM, NOVA SCOTIA, CANADA

Author(s): Michael Deal ; John Campbell ; Bryn Tapper

Year: 2017

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Summary

Boswell (BfDf-08) is the first archaeological site to be excavated along the Annapolis River, in north-central Nova Scotia. Previously, less than 50 sites had been recorded in the 2130 square kilometer watershed, and only a few of these were tested. Therefore, Boswell is the baseline for our understanding of precontact occupation for this entire drainage system. Thus far, the site has revealed a cultural sequence beginning with the Transitional Archaic (ca. 4100-2700 BP), followed by Middle and Late Woodland (ca. 2500-1500 BP) occupations. Work at the site since 2011 has included paleoethnobotanical and zooarchaeological analyses and a paleoenvironmental reconstruction. Subsistence activities at the site included fishing, hunting of beaver and birds, and the collection of edible berries and nuts. The deeply stratified sediments at the site give an indication as to why so few sites and private collections have been recorded. Based on the Bowell excavations, the authors recommend a new approach for future archaeological work in this understudied part of the province.


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A NEW APPROACH TO PRECONTACT ARCHAEOLOGICAL RESEARCH ON THE ANNAPOLIS RIVER SYSTEM, NOVA SCOTIA, CANADA. Michael Deal, John Campbell, Bryn Tapper. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 429742)


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Geographic Keywords
North America - Northeast


Spatial Coverage

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

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Abstract Id(s): 17648

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