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Type: Paper
Paper Title: NATIVE AMERICAN CERAMICS AND SOCIETY IN 17TH-CENTURY NEW ENGLAND
Author: ELIZABETH CHILTON (University of Massachusetts-Amherst), JULIE WOODS (University of Massachusetts), MATTHEW BOULANGER   
Date/Time: Thu., 5:00 PM
Co-Author(s): ELIZABETH CHILTON (University of Massachusetts-Amherst), JULIE WOODS (University of Massachusetts), MATTHEW BOULANGER 
Abstract: Algonquian communities in New England experienced a great deal of upheaval and change during the 16th and 17th centuries as a result of European colonization and the consequent changes in economic, social, and environmental contexts. In this paper we use ceramic attributes to examine some of the continuities in Native society, as well as some of the changes. In particular, we compare ceramic attributes from a pre-Contact Late Woodland period site from Deerfield, MA, to an assemblage from a 17th century Native settlement, also in Deerfield. Through an examination of ceramic recipes and available raw materials our study focuses on evaluating manufacturing processes, technical choices, and the roles of localized production and regional interaction. We compare results from macroscopic vessel lot analysis, ceramic petrography, and neutron activation analysis to document the impacts of social and cultural change over a few generations. Through this analysis, we offer insights into ceramic ecology, population movements, cultural change and continuity, and the significant impact of European colonization in early 17th century Native New England.

Program Number: 2-0840
Session Title: CERAMIC ECOLOGY XXIV: CURRENT RESEARCH ON CERAMICS 2010
Session Sponsor: Archaeology Division
Session Date/Time: Thu., 1:45 PM-5:30 PM
Organizer(s): CHARLES KOLB (National Endowment for the Humanities) 
Chair(s): CHARLES KOLB (National Endowment for the Humanities)  
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