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A Geological Approach to a Historic Midden Site in Fort Davis, Texas

Author(s): Jackson Huang ; Erin C. Rodriguez

Year: 2017

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This paper focuses primarily on the depositional processes of a historical midden site through a geoarchaeological analysis of an early 1900s domestic midden from Fort Davis Texas. Microscopic investigation has traditionally been used to interpret pre-history archaeological sites with poor emphasis on historical contexts. The examination of Fort Davis’ 2014 collection of heavy-fraction artifacts and soil micromorphological samples will show how geoarchaeology can be used in historical settings to strengthen anthropological interpretations of site contexts. The second purpose of this investigation will show how microscopic investigations such as soil micromorphology, can be used to identify the formation of recent archaeological sites through a comprehensive investigation of depositional profiles. 

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A Geological Approach to a Historic Midden Site in Fort Davis, Texas. Jackson Huang, Erin C. Rodriguez. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Fort Worth, TX. 2017 ( tDAR id: 435671)


Temporal Keywords
20th Century

Spatial Coverage

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

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PaperId(s): 326

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