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Behind Lincoln's New Salem

in The Sangamo Frontier

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print November 2006 | ISBN: 9780226514246
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226514239 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226514239.003.0017
Behind Lincoln's New Salem

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This chapter describes excavations and artifacts from New Salem. The artifact assemblage from area AA suggests a slightly earlier and longer occupation than that of area CC—probably first established during the mid-1820s. Also like area CC, no whiteware was recovered here, indicating that the site was abandoned shortly after the platting of New Salem and the rerouting of the Spoon River Road. Area AA also produced the largest and most diverse artifact sample from three seasons of work at New Salem. The area AA artifact assemblage fits comfortably within the average patterns for the period, with respect to ratios of Queenswares, crockery, and glass, as well as ratios of table- to teawares. More unusual, however, was a larger than average percentage of painted wares.

Keywords: excavations; New Salem; artifacts; Queenswares; glass; painted wares; crockery; area AA; area CC

Chapter.  6313 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of the Americas

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