Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Field Methods, Sampling Strategies, Historical Documents, and Data Redundancy: A Study of Historic Tenant Farmsteads in Leflore County, Mississippi
by Zoino, Jayson Jon, M.A., Mississippi State University, 2017, 145; 10640045
Abstract (Summary)

Historic tenant farmsteads are often thought to be redundant archaeological resources because of their limited temporal range and function which acts to limit the diversity of their archaeological assemblages. However, work has not been done that confirms this equivalence, and archaeologists often write off tenant farmsteads as being too modern or too disturbed to warrant investigation. This is a problematic approach as tenant farmsteads are quickly eroding from the American landscape and a representative sample of sites need to be investigated and preserved before they’re gone. This thesis tests different sampling strategies and field methods that may allow for the efficient investigation of tenant farmsteads without jeopardizing historical knowledge. The results show that the sites studied in this thesis are in fact redundant and a number of different methods can be used to investigate them in a much more efficient manner.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Peacock, Evan
Commitee: Hardin, James W., Rafferty, Janet E.
School: Mississippi State University
Department: Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work
School Location: United States -- Mississippi
Source: MAI 57/01M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Archaeology, American history, History
Keywords: Historical archaeology, In-field analysis, Non-collection, Sampling strategies, Tenant farms, Yazoo River Basin
Publication Number: 10640045
ISBN: 978-0-355-51368-4
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