Nails of Old Mission

Author(s): Abby J Mier; Kerri Finlayson

Year: 2018


Nail analysis is a tool to identify the function and changes of structures in late nineteenth century frontier buildings. Using techniques involving visual inspection and comparative analysis, one can identify the approximate age of the nails as well as practical uses for their type and size. The purpose of this paper is to show how nail analysis aids in our interpretation of the chronology and function of buildings at the Peter Dougherty site (1842-1852) on Old Mission Peninsula, Traverse City, MI.  Peter Dougherty was a Presbyterian missionary who established a church and a school for the Ottawa and Chippewa Indians in 1842 on Old Mission Peninsula.

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Nails of Old Mission. Abby J Mier, Kerri Finlayson. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Albuquerque, NM. 2018 ( tDAR id: 441414)


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Spatial Coverage

min long: -129.199; min lat: 24.495 ; max long: -66.973; max lat: 49.359 ;

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Contact(s): Society for Historical Archaeology

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PaperId(s): 1034