Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Seeing red: Characterizing historic bricks at Sylvester Manor, Shelter Island, New York 1652-1735
by Schmidheiny, Martin John, M.A., University of Massachusetts Boston, 2014, 149; 1572465
Abstract (Summary)

The goal of this project is to develop a basic material characterization of the bricks excavated at the site of Sylvester Manor on Shelter Island, New York. In the early Manor period of 1650-1690, this early Northern provisioning plantation supplied Barbadian sugar operations and pursued mercantile interests independent of state control. Accounting for the range of production defects and material characteristics of the bricks suggests on-site or local manufacture as a regional ceramic industry developed. Qualitative visual analysis and petrographic thin-sections were used to characterize the internal composition, variation and production evidence in the bricks. Interpreting the results of this analysis offers alternatives to the assumptions about building materials on the site, using material properties to assess the role of building materials as the landscape changed.

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Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Mrozowski, Stephen A.
Commitee: Dennis, Piechota, Jennifer, Meanwell
School: University of Massachusetts Boston
Department: Historical Archaeology
School Location: United States -- Massachusetts
Source: MAI 54/02M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Archaeology, Architecture, Materials science
Keywords: Archaeology, Bricks, Characterization, Materiality, New York, Petrography, Plantation
Publication Number: 1572465
ISBN: 978-1-321-46669-0
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