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Type: Paper
Paper Title: CIRCULATIONS OF THE CAYUGA WORLD OF CENTRAL NEW YORK, A.D. 900-1800
Author: JACK ROSSEN (Ithaca College)   
Date/Time: Fri., 10:15 AM
Co-Author(s): JACK ROSSEN (Ithaca College) 
Abstract: The study of ancient multiple overlapping systems of circulation adds dynamism to the archaeological record. This paper addresses how people and materials circulated in multiple systems of the Cayuga world of the central New York Finger Lakes region from A.D. 900 to 1800. Archaeological evidence of occupationally specialized sites and intermarriage is evidence of the circulation of people between villages. Service oriented sites, such as those with a healing orientation or specialized fruit tree production, reveal regular movement of people and products throughout the region. The villages themselves were relatively short-term, moving every 15-30 years within a local sphere. Raw material circulation is also evidenced by the differentiation of local versus distant lithic raw material, especially a gendered distinction between stream cobbles and quarry cherts. Smoking pipes show circulation and cross-cutting relationships between various Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) tribes. Sporadic long distance contacts appear to range from the Ohio Valley to Labrador. From the standpoint of concepts of circulation, the Cayuga world was a series of overlapping local and non-local spheres of moving people, raw materials, products and villages. This research perspective is reframing our understandings of the ancient Haudenosaunee world and can help Haudenosaunee people better understand the lives of their ancestors.

Program Number: 3-0405
Session Title: ARCHAEOLOGIES OF NETWORKS AND CIRCULATION
Session Sponsor: Archaeology Division
Session Date/Time: Fri., 10:15 AM-12:00 PM
Organizer(s): ANNUAL MEETING PROGRAM COMMITTEE (AAA) 
Chair(s): JACK ROSSEN (Ithaca College)  
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