Friday, November 2, 2012

Archaeological Conservancy Purchases 2 Iroquois Sites

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that The Archaeological Conservancy has purchased the property of two two different archaeological sites relative the Cayuga people, both dated around the middle of the 16th century.

 The Journal reports that "The larger property, a 34-acre parcel known as the Indian Fort Road site, had been known to scholars since the late 19th century. Cornell University researchers who excavated the site in the mid-1990s found evidence of a palisade under the property's distinctive earthworks, indicating the village may have been fortified during a period of intertribal warfare between members of the Iroquois Confederacy and other Eastern Woodland tribes." and the second, "known as the Carman site, is believed to date back to the late 1500s. Archaeologists from the University of Pittsburgh have conducted several excavations at the site since the 1990s, uncovering evidence of the longhouses the Cayugas lived in. The work has uncovered the remnants of a culture that today's Cayugas still relate to, said Kathleen Allen, the University of Pittsburgh anthropologist who has led the digs at the Carman site."

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