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The micromorphology of landscapes: An archaeological approach in Southern New England


1998 1998

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Abstract (summary)

In this thesis I explore the archaeology of Southern New England by examining two places on the Native American landscape. I argue that archaeology should focus on studying entire landscapes to understand the total range of human effects present. The ethnohistoric record provides illuminating details to our understanding of the Native American landscape. The method I employ in this dissertation to exemplify how best to study the archaeology of the past Native landscape is soil micromorphology. This method, by providing a detailed view of soil microstructure, enables archaeologists to recognize very discrete alterations to the landscape otherwise undetectable. My analyses suggest that the landscape is not easily divisible into cultural and non-cultural, site and non-site or feature and non-feature areas. Rather, the entire landscape is more appropriately viewed as a continuum of areas with low to high evidence of cultural disturbance.

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Subject
Archaeology;
Cultural anthropology;
Minority & ethnic groups;
Sociology
Classification
0324: Archaeology
0326: Cultural anthropology
0631: Minority & ethnic groups
0631: Sociology
Identifier / keyword
Social sciences; Native Americans; soil
Title
The micromorphology of landscapes: An archaeological approach in Southern New England
Author
Volmar, Michael A.
Number of pages
314
Publication year
1998
Degree date
1998
School code
0118
Source
DAI-A 59/02, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9780591758061, 0591758067
Advisor
Wobst, H. Martin
University/institution
University of Massachusetts Amherst
University location
United States -- Massachusetts
Degree
Ph.D.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
9823784
ProQuest document ID
304430402
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/304430402
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