Use of Animals at the Laurens North Site, the Location of Fort de Chartres III in the Illinois Country
Author(s): Terrance Martin
Limited investigation of the northern portion of the Laurens site (Randolph County, Illinois) during 2011 and 2012 is contributing to a better understanding of animal exploitations patterns by French colonial residents of the Central Mississippi River Valley, an area recognized during the early 18th century as Upper Louisiana. Do comparisons of various feature deposits at the site reveal any significant differences of animal use? Whereas this most recent work has resulted in the site being reassigned from Fort de Chartres I (1719-1721) to Fort de Chartres III (1732-1751), how does this affect our perceptions of foodways for the site? How does the faunal assemblage compare to other French colonial sites on the western margins of New France, especially concerning the relative importance of domesticated and wild animals, and what does this imply about economic patterns and choice?
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Use of Animals at the Laurens North Site, the Location of Fort de Chartres III in the Illinois Country. Terrance Martin. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. 2014 ( tDAR id: 437154)
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