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

Author(s): Madeleine A. Gunter

Year: 2015

Summary

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 While historical documents suggest possible mechanisms for European copper distribution (including trade and tribute), the most important clues about these objects come from their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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Keywords

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