ERIC Number: ED184979
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1977
Reference Count: N/A
NTHEP Preliminary Report: The Hull Site. A Nineteenth Century Narragansett Homestead in Charlestown, Rhode Island.
Bragdon, Kathleen J.; And Others
The document describes a summer archaeological excavation experience undertaken by seven Narragansett Indian high school students as a continuation of the Narragansett Tribe Ethnic Heritage Program (SO 012 527). Directed by an archeologist, the students researched written records, interviewed older members of the Narragansett Tribe, and received instruction in archaeological techniques. Objectives were to determine the dates of occupation and the function of major features of the site, to recover artifacts which would explain the culture of Narragansett Indian families in the 19th century New England life. The report describes the Hull site and its ownership history and summarizes archival, excavation, and laboratory techniques. The major part of the document details the results of the excavation by area and excavation unit, including maps and drawings of the dig and special features and artifact descriptions. Results of a preliminary analysis of the findings indicate that further analysis will supplement and possibly challenge previous research on 19th century New England sites; in that the dimensions of the two principle features are unusual, the time lag reflected in the ceramics raises questions about the validity of the Mean Ceramic Data Formula, and there is little documentary evidence about Narragansett culture in the 19th century. (CK)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Ethnic Heritage Studies Branch.
Authoring Institution: Narraganset Tribal Education Project, Inc., Charleston, RI.