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D. Rae Gould, Holly Herbster, Heather Law Pezzarossi, and Stephen A. Mrozowski

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780813066219

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2020

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813066219.001.0001

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The Archaeology of Magunkaquog

The Archaeology of Magunkaquog

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Historical Archaeology and Indigenous Collaboration

Stephen A. Mrozowski

University Press of Florida

Chapter 3 details the history of the Magunkaquog site from the features and material culture recovered through archaeological investigations in the late 1990s, combined with information from documentary records. With this site, the location of a seventeenth-century praying town meeting house, collaboration began between the archaeologists and the Nipmuc Nation. Certain practices revealed through archaeology conducted at this site provide clear evidence of a continuum between the post-contact inhabitants at Magunkaquog and their pre-contact cultural practices. Connections to other Native sites in southern New England also exist. Analyses of soils, ceramics, metals, glass, pipes, lithics, buttons and other artifacts provide a glimpse into the everyday lives of the site’s inhabitants 350 years ago as they encountered intense cultural changes with the arrival of John Eliot and other European settlers coupled with the adoption of European products into their lives.

Keywords:   Magunkaquog, Praying town, John Eliot, Culture changes, Meeting house, Material culture, Artifacts, Archaeology

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