Date of Award

5-2017

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Department

Anthropology

First Advisor

Benjamin Ford

Second Advisor

Lara Homsey-Messer

Third Advisor

Joseph Baker

Abstract

The objective of this project is to formulate a history of the Carroll Cabin and farm. While the whole farmstead is important, this project focuses on how the archaeological and historical record can be used to answer questions about the house, since it is the only extant structure on the farm and may pre-date farming activities. As a resource on Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) land, this historic house is at risk from neglect, decay, and development like the installation of gas wells. The primary research question in this study concerns age and use-life of the house, since Forbes State Forest managers want to better understand this building and its potential significance. Demographics and domestic activities of the site are also of interest, as is the physical evolution of the house and the farm’s connection, or lack thereof, to local and regional economic markets.

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