Etoli-Sehtacuwok: ceramic vessel use at the middle and late Maritime Woodland Period Reversing Falls Site, Cobscook Bay, Maine

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University of New Brunswick


Fragments of ceramic vessels are one of the most archaeologically persistent objects created by hunter-gatherers during the Maritime Woodland period. These fragments are portions of vessels that would have been useful and important to people living on the Maritime Peninsula in their whole, unbroken form. The transformation of whole vessels into fragments through anthropogenic and natural forces has limited the majority of archaeological studies to questions of technology and style. The application of new analytical methods since the 1980s has expanded the ways archaeologists can examine absorbed and adhered organic residues, and subsequently the ways archaeologists can address questions of container use. Building on a growing body of vessel use data for the Maritime Peninsula, this thesis examines the relationship between ceramic technology and use at the coastal Reversing Falls site in Pembroke, Maine. Recognizing the destructive nature of extracting organic residues from ceramics, this thesis also offers a method for preserving culturally important objects through photogrammetry.