Reconstructing Urban Landscapes at Fort Recovery, Ohio


Urban landscapes were active environments in the past that present unique challenges during site investigations.  During summer 2016 students and staff with Ball State University conducted excavations at the site of Fort Recovery, an early Federal period fort constructed in 1793.  Site investigations in the town lot consisted of two GPR surveys and the excavation of a ca. 40 square meter area.  Field results revealed the town lot was intensively used from the 1790s to the 1940s.  Based on archaeological information, the town lot contains possible remains from the 1793 fort.  A house was also located in the lot from the 1830s to the 1930s.  Interestingly, many of the encountered archaeological features were not detected by the GPR surveys.  By using a phasing approach, the field results reveal the dynamic landscape events that occurred in the town lot during an approximately 160-year interval. 

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Reconstructing Urban Landscapes at Fort Recovery, Ohio. Amanda E Balough, Bryan Mitchell, Mark D Groover, Christine Thompson. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Fort Worth, TX. 2017 ( tDAR id: 435477)

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Temporal Keywords
1700s, 1900s

Spatial Coverage

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

Record Identifiers

PaperId(s): 520