Fireplaces and Foundations: Architecture at Fort St. Joseph

Author(s): Erika K Loveland

Year: 2016


Fort St. Joseph was an eighteenth-century mission, garrison, and trading post located along the St. Joseph River in present-day Niles, Michigan. Architectural elements discovered through excavation over the past decade at the fort provide insights on the techniques and materials used in the construction of associated buildings. Historic documents reveal little information on the fort’s built environment, highlighting the importance of archaeological evidence. This architectural analysis relies on data from features, nails, window glass, and other associated material remains. As buildings and other areas of occupation are expressions of individual preferences and identity, this analysis allows for interpretations of the vernacular architecture and cultural landscape at an important frontier outpost on the edge of empire.

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Fireplaces and Foundations: Architecture at Fort St. Joseph. Erika K Loveland. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Washington, D.C. 2016 ( tDAR id: 434665)

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Spatial Coverage

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

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Contact(s): Society for Historical Archaeology

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PaperId(s): 128