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Contextualizing European Copper Distribution Across the Seventeenth-Century American Southeast: A Geoarchaeological Approach

Author(s): Madeleine A. Gunter

Year: 2015

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European alloy copper artifacts are frequently found in sixteenth and seventeenth-century Native American archaeological sites across Virginia and North Carolina. Smith and Hally (2014) ask a simple yet important question about these items: How were they obtained by Native Americans? While historical documents suggest possible mechanisms for European copper distribution (including trade and tribute), the most important clues about these objects come from their archaeological contexts. This study uses geoarchaeological methods to "contextualize" copper alloy artifacts found at a seventeenth-century Native American site in Virginia's Dan River basin--with the broader goal of elucidating the complex, region-wide distribution patterns of English and Spanish-made copper across the Virginia Piedmont.


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Contextualizing European Copper Distribution Across the Seventeenth-Century American Southeast: A Geoarchaeological Approach. Madeleine A. Gunter. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Seattle, Washington. 2015 ( tDAR id: 434156)


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Temporal Keywords
17th Century


Spatial Coverage

min long: -129.199; min lat: 24.495 ; max long: -66.973; max lat: 49.359 ;

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PaperId(s): 561

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