Asking New Questions of Old Collections, The Future of Curated Assemblages.

Author(s): LisaMarie Malischke

Year: 2016


Part of the future of Historical Archaeology is the re-examination of existing collections by applying new research questions. An example of this is Fort St. Pierre (1719-1729), where a productive fourth year of excavations in the 1970s went unpublished. In re-examining the whole artifact assemblage with its associated architectural features, I gathered new information regarding daily life at the fort. Using an ethnohistorical approach I constructed the political situation that surrounded the fort and its inhabitants and led to its subsequent destruction. By asking new questions of an old collection, curated assemblages can yield previously unconsidered results and take historical archaeology in new directions.  

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Asking New Questions of Old Collections, The Future of Curated Assemblages.. LisaMarie Malischke. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Washington, D.C. 2016 ( tDAR id: 434809)

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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): 934