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Late Prehistoric Interaction and Exchange


Ceramic vessel sherds from the Bailey Site,
Onondaga Co.

This research project has focused on reconstructing the interaction patterns of Early Late Prehistoric groups across eastern and central New York by examining the stylistic and trace element composition of ceramic vessels. By comparing the compositional profiles of ceramic sherds with similar profiles from known clay sources, I have attempted to link areas of manufacture and discard within larger valley corridors. This information allows archaeologists to reconstruct the movement of settlements and trade of objects across the region. The results of this research suggest that Early Late Prehistoric groups were not procuring materials from deposits located a significant distance from their settlement. Instead, materials appear to have been procured from local deposits that can be found within a 10-20 kilometer radius of the site. The large number of “locally” manufactured containers found also argues against the long distance movement of villages during this period.

Related Publications


Rieth, C. B., Rafferty, S. and D. Zaputo
2007 A Trace Element Analysis of Ceramics from the Pethick Site, Schoharie County, New York. North American Archaeologist 28(1):58-81.

Rafferty, S., C. Wood, and C. B. Rieth
2007 A Trace Element Analysis of Lithics in New York State. North American
Archaeologist 28(2):169-181.

Rieth, C. B.
2004 Cordage, Fabrics and their Use in the Manufacture of Early Late Prehistoric Ceramics in New York. Chapter prepared for edited volume entitled Perishable Material Culture in the Northeast, edited by Penelope Ballard Drooker, pages 129-142. New York State Museum Bulletin 500. The University of the State of New York, The State Education Department, Albany, New York.

Rieth, C.B.
2002 Analyzing Style and Technology in the Eastern Woodlands. Chapter in edited volume entitled Materials Issues in Art and Archaeology, edited by Pamela Van Diver, James Druzik, and Jennifer Mass. Proceedings of the Material Research Society, Volume 712, pages 213-220. Electronic version also available at http://www.mrs.org/publications/epubs/proceedings/fall2001/ii/).

Rieth, C. B.
2002 Early Late Prehistoric Settlement: A View from Central Pennsylvania. Chapter in edited volume entitled Northeast Subsistence and Settlement Change: A.D. 700-1300, edited by John P. Hart and Christina B. Rieth. New York State Museum Bulletin No. 496.

Rieth, C.B.
2002 Early Late Prehistoric Subsistence and Settlement Diversity in the Southern Tier of
New York. Chapter in edited volume entitled Northeast Subsistence and Settlement
Change: A.D. 700-1300, edited by John P. Hart and Christina B. Rieth. New York State
Museum Bulletin No. 496.

 

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