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Building the Past: Prehistoric Wooden Post Architecture in by Brian G. Redmond, Robert A. Genheimer

By Brian G. Redmond, Robert A. Genheimer

“This quantity provides a much-needed synthesis of prehistoric wood structure within the higher Ohio area. The authors pursue new avenues of study in explaining architectural edition from infrequently encountered Archaic family buildings to giant public structures of castle historic societies.”—Cameron Lacquement, editor of Architectural Variability within the Southeast
“A major contribution to the cultural heritage of the Ohio Valley and the archaeological literature on perishable structure. the first information and precise descriptions of wood put up buildings make it a invaluable resource.”—Sissel Schroeder, collage of Wisconsin–Madison
The research of historical structure finds a lot concerning the social constructs and tradition of the architects, developers, and population of the buildings, yet few stories bridge the space among structure and archaeology. This accomplished exam of websites within the Ohio Valley, going as a long way north as Ontario, integrates structural engineering and wooden technology know-how into the toolkit of archaeologists. providing the most up-tp-date learn on constructions from pre-European touch, Building the Past permits archaeologists to extend their interpretations from easily describing postmold styles to extra totally envisioning the advanced structure of such severe destinations because the Hopewell web site, Moorehead Circle, and Brown’s Bottom.
The checklist of perishable structure at those websites has confirmed tricky to interpret since it is frequently simply natural residues, together with soil stains from decayed wall posts, charred timbers, or trenched wall foundations. Addressing new discoveries and offering formerly unpublished facts, this quantity is a useful source for archaeologists investigating the varied methods prehistoric societies manifested their social worlds in earth, wooden, and stone. 

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Area of thick rim deposits of older pithouse are also exposed at the southwest (Feature 5/26/33A/65). 10. Plan map of pithouse Feature 3/9, Anomaly Area I, Davidson site. Note surrounding posts beyond the house pit itself that corresponded in distribution to a thick overlying layer of organic and artifact-rich soil, which apparently represents collapsed soil/sod roof deposits. down. The silty, sterile soils in this area could plausibly have made for a clean floor area and hence a convenient place to build this new structure.

In addition, several archaeologists have noted the possible location of site structures based on negative information—specifically, the occurrence of gaps, or voids, in feature patterning. Despite the lack of postmolds in these instances, these gaps were compelling enough for excavators to postulate the past presence of houses. Although such “phantom” structures, as they are called in this chapter, are easy to dismiss as apocryphal, the regularity in which they have been suggested (by different archaeologists) lends credence to their existence.

Three of the C-shaped houses presented in this inventory (all from the Yellowbush Creek Camp [Keener et al. 4). Where excavation data exists, postmolds are aligned at fairly regular intervals and comprise isolated feature stains suggesting single-set wooden posts. All posts appear to have been erected vertically, as no mention of slanted postmold features was found in the literature. 1. Identified Late Archaic structures in the Ohio region Site name Site number Structure number Type Structure 56-1 C-shaped Primary Interior reference floor space (m2) 8 Purtill 2012 33Ad56 33Ad56 Dravo Gravel 33Ha377 C-shaped?

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