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The Sangamo FrontierHistory and Archaeology in the Shadow of Lincoln$
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Robert Mazrim

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780226514246

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226514239.001.0001

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Behind Lincoln's New Salem

Behind Lincoln's New Salem

Archaeology and Revisionism

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(p.301) Chapter Sixteen Behind Lincoln's New Salem
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The Sangamo Frontier
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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226514239.003.0017

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

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