Crafting the Nomination for the Cornplanter Grant TCP, Warren County, Pennsylvania

Author(s): Chris Espenshade

Year: 2019


This is an abstract from the ""We Especially Love the Land We Live On": Documenting Native American Traditional Cultural Properties of the Historic Period" session, at the 2019 annual meeting of the Society for Historical Archaeology.

The Cornplanter Grant was the first TCP nominated in Pennsylvania.  The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania issued the Grant to Chief Cornplanter of the Senecas in the 1790s, but the lands had been occupied back into the Paleoindian times.  The nomination was successful, and the Grant was listed under Criteria A, B, and D.  The crafting of the document faced certain difficulties including: selecting boundaries; winnowing the archival and archaeological information to a manageable level; addressing post-inundation integrity; negotiating Seneca Nation politics; and working with the National Park Service template.  Ultimately, the lack of a Pennsylvania precedent did not hinder the development and approval of the nomination.

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Crafting the Nomination for the Cornplanter Grant TCP, Warren County, Pennsylvania. Chris Espenshade. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, St. Charles, MO. 2019 ( tDAR id: 448945)


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

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PaperId(s): 124