New Perspectives on Human-Plant Histories in Delaware: Acheobotanical Data from the Route 301 Mega Project.
Author(s): Justine McKnight
This paper will focus on the interpretation a large flotation-derived floral dataset produced from seven archaeological mitigations accomplished under the Route 301 Mega Project. A diverse range of features (wells, cellars, smokehouses, root cellars, middens, kilns, slave quarters) were sampled from a variety of domestic, agricultural and small-scale industrial contexts that comprised the social landscape of rural Delaware during the 1700’s and 1800’s. The collective floral data make a valuable contribution to the project’s research themes of site economy, tenancy, and slavery in the post-colonial landscape. The project affords a unique opportunity to explore a wide range of people-plant relationships at a series of diverse but closely tied historic sites. In addition to generating a powerful regional dataset, the archeobotanical studies were significantly enhanced by close collaborative and coordinated research involving multiple CRM firms and government agencies.
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- Society for Historical Archaeology 2016 •
- New Highway Uncovers New Histories: Archaeology Mitigations From the U.S. Route 301 Mega Project in Delaware
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New Perspectives on Human-Plant Histories in Delaware: Acheobotanical Data from the Route 301 Mega Project.. Justine McKnight. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Washington, D.C. 2016 ( tDAR id: 434617)
18th century, 19th century
min long: -129.199; min lat: 24.495 ; max long: -66.973; max lat: 49.359 ;