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The Cayuga are one of the original five nations of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy, a powerful alliance of Native American tribes in the Northeast, inhabiting much of the land in what is now central New York State. When their nation was destroyed in the Sullivan–Clinton campaign of 1779, the Cayuga endured 200 years of displacement. As a result, relatively little is known about the location, organization, or ambience of their ancestral villages. Perched on a triangular finger of land against steep cliffs, the sixteenth-century village of Corey represents a rare source of knowledge about the Cayuga past, transforming our understanding of how this nation lived. In Corey Village and the Cayuga World, Rossen collects data from archaeological investigations of the Corey site, including artifacts that are often neglected, such as nonprojectile lithics and ground stone. In contrast with the conventional narrative of a population in constant warfare, analysis of the site’s structure and materials suggests a peaceful landscape, including undefended settlements, free movement of people, and systematic trade and circulation of goods. These findings lead to a broad summary of Cayuga archaeological research, shedding new light on the age of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy and the role of the Cayuga in the American Revolution. Beyond the comprehensive analysis of artifacts, the Corey site excavation is significant for its commitment to the practice of “indigenous archaeology,” in which Native wisdom, oral history, collaboration, and participation are integral to the research.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Other Works in the Series, Copyright, Dedication
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Illustrations
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Tables
  2. pp. xi-xii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xiii-xvi
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  1. Introduction: The Corey Site and Its Contexts
  2. Jack Rossen
  3. pp. 1-14
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  1. 1. Site Setting, Description, and Excavations
  2. Jack Rossen
  3. pp. 15-34
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  1. 2. Archaeogeophysical Surveys
  2. Michael Rogers
  3. pp. 35-40
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  1. 3. Ceramic Artifacts
  2. David Pollack
  3. pp. 41-70
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  1. 4. Petrographic Analysis of Ceramics
  2. Wesley D. Stoner
  3. pp. 71-81
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  1. 5. Lithic Raw Material Sources
  2. Joseph F. Winiarz
  3. pp. 82-92
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  1. 6. Chipped Lithic Artifacts
  2. Martin J. Smith
  3. pp. 93-103
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  1. 7. Ground Stone Artifacts
  2. Macy O’Hearn
  3. pp. 104-109
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  1. 8. Faunal Remains
  2. April M. Beisaw
  3. pp. 110-139
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  1. 9. Botanical Remains
  2. Jack Rossen
  3. pp. 140-160
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  1. 10. Other Artifact Assemblages
  2. Macy O’Hearn, Sarah Ward
  3. pp. 161-167
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  1. 11. Corey Village and the Cayuga World from the Tenth to the Sixteenth Centuries
  2. Jack Rossen
  3. pp. 168-192
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  1. Epilogue: Challenging Dominant Archaeological Narratives of the Haudenosaunee
  2. Jack Rossen
  3. pp. 193-204
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  1. Works Cited
  2. pp. 205-228
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 229-232
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 233-236
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  1. Back Cover
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780815653349
Related ISBN
9780815634058
MARC Record
OCLC
918511079
Pages
288
Launched on MUSE
2015-08-15
Language
English
Open Access
No
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