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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 Documentary Archaeology of Magunkaquog

The Documentary Archaeology of Magunkaquog

(p.74) 4 The Documentary Archaeology of Magunkaquog
Historical Archaeology and Indigenous Collaboration

Holly Herbster

University Press of Florida

The sub-discipline of documentary archaeology is explored in Chapter 4. Layers of information about the Magunkaquog site and its inhabitants—and the story of Isaac Nehemiah, in particular—are revealed through analysis and interpretation of centuries-old primary documents connected to this site. This chapter unfolds around details surrounding the loss of Magunkaquog land through a controversial sale in 1715, granting it to Harvard College. Diverging interpretations of how this sale was perceived by the Native and Euroamerican peoples involved are explored. The documents reveal satisfaction among the Euroamerican men responsible for the sale and a clear sense of loss among the Native inhabitants (culminating in the death of a central figure at this settlement). The praying town period and effects of King Philip’s War are also discussed. Documents can reveal many details about the past, but must also be “read” in a deeper way to be better understood, and to help tell the more complex history of interactions between Native and European peoples of the past.

Keywords:   Documentary archaeology, Magunkaquog, Praying town, John Eliot, Isaac Nehemiah, King Philip’s War, Primary documents, Harvard

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