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A Sequence of French Vernacular Architectural Design and Construction Methods in Colonial North America, 1690-1850

Author(s): Wade Tharp

Year: 2016

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This study examines published and unpublished historical archaeological research, historical documents research, and datable extant buildings to develop a temporal and geographical sequence of French colonial architectural designs and construction methods, particularly the poteaux-en-terre (posts-in-ground) and poteaux-sur-solle (posts-on-sill) elements in vernacular buildings, from the Western Great Lakes region to Louisiana, dating from 1690 to 1850.  Whether European colonists during the seventeenth through the nineteenth centuries came to the New World for commercial opportunities or religious and social freedom, they carried to North America European cultural traits and conceptions that ultimately would help to shape the colonial experience in the New World.  French colonists used traditional vernacular architectural designs and construction methods in North America as the basis of the colonization process.


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A Sequence of French Vernacular Architectural Design and Construction Methods in Colonial North America, 1690-1850. Wade Tharp. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Washington, D.C. 2016 ( tDAR id: 434637)


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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): 982

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