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The Gorman House Project: An Inter-Disciplinary Approach to Historical Archaeology

Author(s): Lindsey Stallard

Year: 2014

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On a residential lot that was once owned and lived on by two African American women in the mid-1850’s, there is now a somewhat dilapidated house. Based on recent surveys it is now confirmed that this house is the original homestead of these women. This house is the remaining physical link to the unique story of Hannah and Eliza Gorman; a mother and daughter who crossed the Oregon Trail as domestic slaves. Once in Oregon, they gained their freedom and established their lives within the Corvallis community. Studying the built environment can contribute valuable information for studying domestic archaeological sites. By analyzing the construction materials, architectural styles and the phases of construction, it is possible to build a more accurate narrative of the experience of the Gorman women. Through the analysis of an above-ground site, one can better understand the concept of three-dimensional space; a concept that is often overlooked in archaeological sites.

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The Gorman House Project: An Inter-Disciplinary Approach to Historical Archaeology. Lindsey Stallard. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. 2014 ( tDAR id: 437269)

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PaperId(s): SYM-71,06

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