The Prehistoric Transportation of Goods in the St. Lawrence River Basin

  • J. V. Wright
Part of the Interdisciplinary Contributions to Archaeology book series (IDCA)

Abstract

This chapter attempts to assess the nature of prehistoric cultural movements and interactions in the St. Lawrence River basin as reflected by a number of different sets of archaeological evidence. To begin to understand prehistoric cultures and their interrelationships it is necessary that all of the cultural systems available to archaeological scrutiny be viewed as interrelated parts of a whole. These cultural systems include technology, subsistence, settlement pattern, and cosmology, as well as human biology. Settlement pattern is one of the most important of these systems, and exchange networks, including seasonal exploitative rounds, best falls under its rubric. Focusing on this particular aspect of settlement pattern is specially appropriate for the St. Lawrence River basin, which has acted as a major conduit for cultural contact and diffusion between the interior of the continent and the Atlantic since earliest times. Consideration of the identification of silicas to source is commented upon first. This is followed by a general outline of the regional prehistory and its involvment in cultural exchange. Finally, a range of evidence reflecting human interactions in the region is examined.

Keywords

Burial Site National Museum Native Copper Archaeological Survey Burial Mound 
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