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Ceramics and the Study of Ethnicity: A Case Study from Schoharie County, New York

Author(s): Jamie M. Meinsen

Year: 2016

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Excavation of the Pethick Site in Schoharie County, New York first began in the summer of 2004 with a field school organized by the New York State Museum Cultural Research Survey Program and the University at Albany. The resulting research has largely been dominated by the study of prehistoric ceramics and stone tools. Like the Native Americans, early European settlers in the Schoharie Valley were draw to the Pethick Site’s proximity to the Schoharie Creek, which is one of the major tributaries of the Mohawk River. Until this point in time, relatively little research had been done on the Pethick Site’s historical inhabitants. Using the Pethick Site’s collection of historic ceramic sherds as a data sample, this research investigates any connection between material culture and the ethnicity/nationality of the historical occupation of the site. This leads to a larger discussion about the practices in historical archaeology used to study ethnicity.          

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Ceramics and the Study of Ethnicity: A Case Study from Schoharie County, New York. Jamie M. Meinsen. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Washington, D.C. 2016 ( tDAR id: 435043)


Temporal Keywords
1700s to 1900s

Spatial Coverage

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

Record Identifiers

PaperId(s): 815

Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America