Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Understanding the occupational history of the Monongahela Johnston village site through total artifact design
by Mitchell, Seth Thomas, M.A., Indiana University of Pennsylvania, 2011, 250; 1498494
Abstract (Summary)

The period after A.D. 1100 in western Pennsylvania was a dynamic period in history occupied by diverse populations with rapidly changing social interactions. The Johnston site located in Indiana County represents one of the most important village sites during this period. Through a combination of ceramic analyses and radiocarbon dating previous hypotheses posited about this site are investigated. Archaeologists have relied on final twist direction of cordage impressions on shell-tempered and cord-marked ceramics to argue for population amalgamation between social groups from northwestern and southwestern Pennsylvania. In addition, ceramics recovered from the site have been used to define the date range for occupation at the site and for the Johnston phase of the late Middle Monongahela period. By combining radiocarbon dating and ceramic analyses these previous hypotheses are investigated. Specifically the usefulness of using cordage twist as a sole attribute to define social groups at the intrasite level is challenged.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Neusius, Sarah W.
Commitee: Chiarulli, Beverly A., Neusius, Phillip
School: Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Department: Applied Archaeology
School Location: United States -- Pennsylvania
Source: MAI 50/02M, Masters Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Archaeology, Cultural Resources Management
Keywords: Archaeology, Ceramics, Monongahela, Pennsylvania, Style
Publication Number: 1498494
ISBN: 9781124861197
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