Bones of the Frontier: Subsistence Practices at Hanna's Town

Author(s): Stefanie Smith

Year: 2016


With the cooperation of the Westmoreland County Historical Society and Indiana University of Pennsylvania, faunal remains from three areas of the Historic Hanna’s Town site in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania were subjected to detailed zooarchaeological analysis in an effort to answer broad questions regarding the subsistence practices of eighteenth century frontier communities of Western Pennsylvania. As the first court and county seat west of the Allegheny Mountains, Hanna’s Town played a substantial role in the westward movement of Pennsylvania settlers. This research addresses topics such as taxonomic abundance and diversity, skeletal frequency, and indicators of area usage. This analysis reveals specific details of Western Pennsylvania colonial frontier life that have not previously been discussed relative to Hanna’s Town or other communities like it on the Pennsylvania frontier. 

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Bones of the Frontier: Subsistence Practices at Hanna's Town. Stefanie Smith. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Washington, D.C. 2016 ( tDAR id: 434471)

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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): 249