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The Susquehannocks

New Perspectives on Settlement and Cultural Identity

Edited by Paul A. Raber

COMING IN SEPTEMBER

$29.95 | Paperback Edition
ISBN: 978-0-271-08476-3
Coming in September

208 pages
8.5" × 11"
30 b&w illustrations
2019

Recent Research in Pennsylvania Archaeology

The Susquehannocks

New Perspectives on Settlement and Cultural Identity

Edited by Paul A. Raber

“A worthy successor to Barry Kent’s classic work on the Susquehannock, probably the least known of the northern Iroquoian people. Building on Kent’s original synthesis, this volume adds important new information and offers a range of analytical perspectives. This volume not only brings us up to date on Susquehannock people and their culture, but on how archaeology is being practiced in the twenty-first century.”

 

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In the thirty-five years since the publication of Barry Kent’s seminal book, Susquehanna’s Indians, new and novel technologies, interpretive perspectives, and archaeological data have led to a reassessment of many aspects of Susquehannock life. This book presents these developments, bringing the study of the Susquehannocks into modern anthropological context.

An Iroquoian group that inhabited the lower Susquehanna River valley and portions of the Potomac River drainage, the Susquehannocks were key agents in the fur trade in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. They were consequently targets of sporadic warfare by the Iroquois Confederacy and attempted to seek refuge in a series of fortified villages near the Susquehanna River, but they were dispersed by the European colonizers, and in 1763 settlers massacred the remnants of the original nation. Drawing from evidence produced by new excavations, the eight essays in this volume provide original views on various aspects of the Susquehannocks’ history, including their origins, geographical spread, and contact with nonnative cultures. An important update to the history of the indigenous people of Pennsylvania, this collection will be welcomed by professional and avocational archaeologists interested in contact and colonialism as well as enthusiasts of Pennsylvania Native American history.

In addition to the editor, the contributors include Marshall Joseph Becker, April M. Beisaw, Jasmine Gollup, James T. Herbstritt, Lisa Marie Lauria, Dean R. Snow, Robert D. Wall, and Andrew Wyatt.

“A worthy successor to Barry Kent’s classic work on the Susquehannock, probably the least known of the northern Iroquoian people. Building on Kent’s original synthesis, this volume adds important new information and offers a range of analytical perspectives. This volume not only brings us up to date on Susquehannock people and their culture, but on how archaeology is being practiced in the twenty-first century.”
“This valuable and timely collection of essays integrates the contributions made by University, State, and CRM archeologists to reevaluate previous concepts regarding the origins, settlement patterns, and material culture of the Susquehannocks. The new data presented in this volume will further reinforce the importance of the Susquehannnocks in Iroquoian archaeology and will provide a view of Susquehannock history within a broader context of colonial relations of power and inequality.”

Paul A. Raber is Senior Archaeologist and Director of Archaeological Services at Heberling Associates, Inc., in Alexandria, Pennsylvania. He is the series editor of the Recent Research in Pennsylvania Archaeology series and coeditor of several volumes in that series, including The Nature and Pace of Change in American Indian Cultures: Pennsylvania, 4000 to 3000 BP, also published by Penn State University Press.