"Without prominent event": the McDonald Site in the Hoosier National Forest

Author(s): Joseph P Puntasecca

Year: 2016


The National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) and Section 106 process were enacted to ensure that archaeological knowledge is preserved. One problem this creates is that sites with ambiguous associations to particular occupants or events are offered less protection because their significance is also deemed ambiguous. The McDonald Site (12 OR 509) in the Hoosier National Forest is an example of how an ineligible site can still contribute significant information to local and regional histories. The site represents a small cabin occupied in the 2nd half of the 19th century. Excavations recovered a diverse although redundant artifact assemblage and while deemed ineligible, the findings contribute to the knowledge and context of the Hoosier National Forest. In this paper I will review the interpretations and findings of the site, highlight the contributions of 12 OR 509 to the regional context, and reflect on problems and prospects of the 106 process.

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"Without prominent event": the McDonald Site in the Hoosier National Forest. Joseph P Puntasecca. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Washington, D.C. 2016 ( tDAR id: 434680)

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Temporal Keywords
19th Century

Spatial Coverage

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

Record Identifiers

PaperId(s): 236