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Project 400: Plymouth Colony Archaeological Survey

Author(s): Christa Beranek ; John Steinberg ; Karin Goldstein ; Kellie Bowers ; Jerry Warner ; David Landon

Year: 2014

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The approaching 400th anniversary of the founding of the Plymouth Colony (1620-1691) provides a unique opportunity for research and education on early colonial Massachusetts. The Fiske Center for Archaeological Research, in conjunction with Plimoth Plantation, has begun a series of collaborative initiatives focused on this quatercentenary. In cooperation with other scholars and stakeholders, we plan to develop a public archaeological research and training program to help create a scholarly legacy for the 400th anniversary, teach students and teachers the archaeology and history of Plymouth and its place in the 17th-century Atlantic World, and engage the public in a meaningful consideration of the period and its impact on both Colonial and Native communities. Our scholarly focus is on developing more complex understandings of the interaction between Colonial and Native individuals and on studying environmental and landscape changes. The first phase of work includes surveys of previous archaeology, the compilation of a GIS database of site locations, analysis of existing collections, shallow geophysical survey with GPR, limited shovel test pit excavations, and public outreach.

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Project 400: Plymouth Colony Archaeological Survey. Christa Beranek, John Steinberg, Karin Goldstein, Kellie Bowers, Jerry Warner, David Landon. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. 2014 ( tDAR id: 437385)

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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