Zooarchaeology and Commerce at the Old Village of St. Louis: An Examination of the Berger Site (23SL2402)

Author(s): Terrance Martin

Year: 2019

Summary

This is an abstract from the "From Iliniwek to Ste Genevieve: Early Commerce along the Mississippi" session, at the 2019 annual meeting of the Society for Historical Archaeology.

Since 2013, Missouri Department of Transportation archaeologists have investigated grounds that are being impacted by rehabilitation of the Poplar Street Bridge in downtown St. Louis, an area that was part of the original village that was platted in 1764. Late in 2016, excavations at the Berger site revealed possible wall trenches, a large ash-filled pit, and a shallow basin that were related to 18th-century occupations in City Block 41. As one of six French colonial properties in the project area, this site is unique in having artifacts suggestive of trade with distant native communities. Refuse deposits also furnished much larger samples of animal remains than any of the other properties, and these provide a zooarchaeological perspective on local and distant animal resources that were acquired by Euro-Americans on the west side of the Mississippi River for local consumption and for export.

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Zooarchaeology and Commerce at the Old Village of St. Louis: An Examination of the Berger Site (23SL2402). Terrance Martin. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, St. Charles, MO. 2019 ( tDAR id: 449018)

Keywords

Temporal Keywords
18th Century

Spatial Coverage

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

Record Identifiers

PaperId(s): 240