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Traditional Dena’ina Land Use at the Cottonwood Creek Village Site, Southcentral Alaska

Author(s): Joanna Wells ; Kathryn Krasinski ; David Yesner ; Fran Seager-Boss

Year: 2017

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The Dena’ina and Ahtna developed a sedentary socioeconomically-stratified lifestyle with material inequality by the time of European contact. The development of permanent villages indicates a shift into a complex society with qeshqas (leaders) who had better food, larger houses, and more wealth. Semisubterranean depressions at Cottonwood Creek, ranging from 802 years cal BP to modern age, are remnants of storage and house pits still present on the landscape. Geochemical testing of sediments has the potential to reveal specific storage pit contents associated with feature shape and size. In conjunction with radiocarbon ages and house style, this poster investigates the development of differences in material wealth as it relates to salmon harvesting.

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Traditional Dena’ina Land Use at the Cottonwood Creek Village Site, Southcentral Alaska. Joanna Wells, Kathryn Krasinski, David Yesner, Fran Seager-Boss. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 429933)


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min long: -169.717; min lat: 42.553 ; max long: -122.607; max lat: 71.301 ;

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Abstract Id(s): 16685

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