Date of Award

Summer 8-2016

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Sarah Neusius, Ph.D.

Second Advisor

Phillip Neusius, Ph.D.

Third Advisor

Benjamin Ford, Ph.D.


This research analyzes the faunal remains from Fort Stanwix from the period 1758 to 1781 in order to examine the lifeways of the soldiers and officers garrisoned at the fort during this period. This analysis aims to determine if differences between where soldiers were living and where officers were living can be seen in the faunal assemblage, and it also attempts to address temporal differences between the French and Indian War period and the Revolutionary War period occupations at the site. The methods utilized in order to answer these research questions included number of identified specimens (NISP), biomass, and skeletal frequencies. The Fort Stanwix assemblage showed a reliance on cow, followed by pig, with wild species such as white-tailed deer supplementing the diet.