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Mysterious Polychrome Earthenware at Fortress Louisbourg

Author(s): Todd Clements

Year: 2014

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During the numerous archaeological excavations at Fortress Louisbourg National Historic Site, a small collection of an unusual ceramic was unearthed. Over the years this ceramic has been identified as several different types of ceramic. It is now believed to be a Chinese export designed for the 18th Century European market. Through careful analysis of its texture, design and colour, I will attempt to prove that this sample is a Chinese Export Refined Earthenware, and was of a functional nature, as opposed to a purely decorative one. I will also attempt to determine how widely and by whom this ceramic was used at Louisbourg. Implications for its role in the lives of the residence of Louisbourg are discussed.

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Mysterious Polychrome Earthenware at Fortress Louisbourg. Todd Clements. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. 2014 ( tDAR id: 437228)

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PaperId(s): SYM-67,12

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