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The Disappearing Artifacts: Where are the 17th and 18th-century artifacts on rural New England farmstead sites?

Author(s): Sara Belkin

Year: 2014

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Settlement of New England began with the founding of Plymouth and spread rapidly throughout the New England environment. Present on the landscape stand many buildings that can be dated to these early periods of settlement. However, during excavations of many rural 17th and 18th century sites, the material culture used and disposed by these early colonists is rarely recovered. Though these early homes and even outbuildings may be present, artifacts that can be used to understand the colonists lives remain hidden. Excavations at the Davenport estate in Milton, Massachusetts where the Davenport family lived on the same property since 1707, material culture belonging to the eighteenth century has been seldom recovered. In my paper I will attempt to understand the forces behind the disappearance of an important assemblage that would illuminate New England’’s colonial history.


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The Disappearing Artifacts: Where are the 17th and 18th-century artifacts on rural New England farmstead sites?. Sara Belkin. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. 2014 ( tDAR id: 436745)


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PaperId(s): SYM-18,04

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