Clusters of Beads: Testing for Time on the Carolina Frontier c.1680-1734

Author(s): Sarah Stroud Clarke; Jon Marcoux

Year: 2016


When analyzing archaeological sites with almost continual episodes of occupation, it is often difficult to discern distinct temporal periods; given this challenge archaeologists have long relied on a variety of methodological techniques to help narrow down dates of occupation. In 2012, Jon Marcoux published a new correspondence analysis study using over 35,000 glass trade beads in Native American mortuary contexts dated c.1607-1783 with the results indicating four discrete clusters of time. This paper tests the usefulness of this study on a colonial period frontier site on the Drayton Hall property outside of Charleston, South Carolina. The site is known to date to before c.1734 and possibly had at least two European occupations from 1680-1734. Glass trade beads from in and around sealed features from this time period are used to determine if it is possible to use this methodology on individual historic period sites to help define distinct occupation periods.

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Clusters of Beads: Testing for Time on the Carolina Frontier c.1680-1734. Sarah Stroud Clarke, Jon Marcoux. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Washington, D.C. 2016 ( tDAR id: 434759)

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Temporal Keywords
c. 1680-1734

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

Record Identifiers

PaperId(s): 667