Legacy Archaeology and Cultural Landscapes at Fort Ouiatenon

Author(s): Kelsey Noack Myers

Year: 2016


As the 300th anniversary of the establishment of the French fort at Ouiatenon approaches, it is clear that narratives about the area remain focused on the fairly brief affiliation of the New French government with this fur trade site on the Wabash River. In contrast, the archaeological and documentary sources that detail daily life on this landscape speak to the overwhelmingly Native population and sense of place that existed prior to its abandonment in 1791. Several years of archaeological excavation in the 1960s and 1970s, as well as multiple dissertation projects in the 1980s, have created a legacy of French colonial archaeological research at the site, however by revisiting the data utilizing landscape and indigenous perspectives, alternate placemaking histories can be told.

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Legacy Archaeology and Cultural Landscapes at Fort Ouiatenon. Kelsey Noack Myers. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Washington, D.C. 2016 ( tDAR id: 434686)

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Temporal Keywords
18th Century

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): 280