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Rethinking "Frontiers" from a French Colonial Perspective

Author(s): Gregory Waselkov

Year: 2017

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A societal "frontier" is always a relational concept. What looks like a periphery, whether imagined as a line or a zone, from one vantage point may from another look like an invaded heartland. The diverse nature of French colonialism in North America suggests the complexity of frontiers it induced. I review my 1981 article, "Frontiers and Archaeology," with perspective gained across thirty-five years, to consider whether the frontier concept has any current utility for the archaeology of French colonial America.

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Rethinking "Frontiers" from a French Colonial Perspective. Gregory Waselkov. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Fort Worth, TX. 2017 ( tDAR id: 435122)


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

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