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Chapter Meeting
Westward Leading…

With Guest Speaker: William Fox (and James Conolly) Trent University

The Porteous site in Brantford has stood as the earliest Iroquoian village in Ontario since David Stothers’ excavations in 1970 and his identification of the site as the “Terminal Phase” of the Princess Point Complex in his 1974 dissertation. A series of seven wood solid carbon samples provided occupation dates ranging from 900 to 1470 (uncal) years BP, with a pooled date of 1170 +/- 205 BP or 780 C.E. Some of these dates were deemed suspect due to the lab and the use of amalgamated wood charcoal samples; so, modern dating using AMS technology and carbonized annuals was attempted. The resultant series of “unacceptable” dates triggered an attempt to re-date a sequential movement of early Late Woodland villages on the Norfolk sand plain, which appeared to derive from Grand River valley populations to the east. Bayesian modeling of the resulting dates has provided a revised and refined chronology, consistent with ceramic decorative attribute trends from early through middle stage Ontario Iroquoian sites.

Jan 20, 2022 07:30 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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