Ceramics and the Study of Ethnicity: A Case Study from Schoharie County, New York
Author(s): Jamie M. Meinsen
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.
Cite this Record
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)
This Resource is Part of the Following Collections
min long: -129.199; min lat: 24.495 ; max long: -66.973; max lat: 49.359 ;