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The Questions That Count in Fur Trade Archaeology

Author(s): Michael Nassaney

Year: 2014

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Fur trade archaeology mirrors in microcosm the development of the broader field of historical archaeology and reflects changes in its research priorities as influenced by factors both internal and external to the discipline. While contemporary theory informs recent approaches to the fur trade and colonial encounters, traditional concerns have not disappeared. Continued interest in chronology, architecture, spatial organization, subsistence, technological change, cultural interactions, and ethnogenesis suggest that varying approaches co-exist and make possible new syntheses that ultimately emerge as outcomes of concerns that are grounded in practice and social relations. Examples from throughout North America are used as illustration.

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The Questions That Count in Fur Trade Archaeology. Michael Nassaney. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. 2014 ( tDAR id: 437079)

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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