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Meaning, Networks, and Commodity Exchange: A Geographic Information System (GIS) Inter-site Distribution and Network Analysis of Wampum Beads

Author(s): Meghan Weaver

Year: 2015

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This paper will examine the role of wampum in the globally-connected western Great Lakes fur trade, with a focus on Fort St. Joseph, in Niles, Michigan, and the fort's position on the periphery of trade activities in New France. To explore wampum's spatial and temporal boundaries, I sampled data from the archaeological findings of historic sites throughout the Northeast and Midwest regions. GIS spatial analysis provided an alternate method of processing archaeologically-recovered and historic documentary material. Inter-site distribution and multimodal network analyses were conducted to observe the fort's position as a hub of the fur trade. The results and interpretations that follow are the product of an integrated and interdisciplinary approach that is at the confluence of archaeology, ethnohistory, and spatial studes.


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Meaning, Networks, and Commodity Exchange: A Geographic Information System (GIS) Inter-site Distribution and Network Analysis of Wampum Beads. Meghan Weaver. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Seattle, Washington. 2015 ( tDAR id: 434050)


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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): 445

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