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University of Montana (Missoula, MT 59801-4494)
Anna M. Prentiss (Project Director: November 2010 to May 2016)

Collaborative Research
Research Programs

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$250,000 (approved)
$240,976 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2012 – 8/31/2015

Household Archaeology at Bridge River, British Columbia

An excavation, analysis, and interpretation of a single semi-subterranean dwelling with 13 superimposed floors occupied between 1450 and 1150 years ago in present day British Columbia. (36 months)

The Bridge River Project will engage in excavation research and subsequent laboratory investigations of a single housepit within the Bridge River housepit village. Housepit 54 offers a well preserved record of at least 13 superimposed occupation floors separated in places by seven buried roof deposits recording processes of change and continuity between the dates of 1450 and 1150 years ago on the temporal scale of roughly 25-year generations. This combination of intact occupation surfaces and exceptionally well preserved artifacts, features and food remains offers the very rare opportunity to look in a fine grained manner at a range of questions about cultural and ecological change at a critical time in Pacific Northwest ancient history. The project will offer contributions in the humanities to scholars and the general public in the areas of First Nations history, anthropological archaeology, and paleoecology.