American Archeology Uncovers the Dutch Colonies

American Archeology Uncovers the Dutch Colonies

by Lois Miner Huey
     
 

In Cities and Towns across the United States and Canada, historical archaeologists dig for clues about what happened in North America after Europeans arrived.

The people who settled here did not usually leave behind documents such as diaries, letters, maps, and land deeds. They did leave garbage - food bones, tools, broken dishes, buttons, bottles, toys, and gun

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In Cities and Towns across the United States and Canada, historical archaeologists dig for clues about what happened in North America after Europeans arrived.

The people who settled here did not usually leave behind documents such as diaries, letters, maps, and land deeds. They did leave garbage - food bones, tools, broken dishes, buttons, bottles, toys, and gun parts. Archaeologists did through time as they carefully scrape away soil, layer by layer, to uncover objects used by people long ago. By examining these artifacts, we are able to discover the stories of Dutch, English, African, Spanish - even Viking - settlers in North America.

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Children's Literature - Hazel Buys
Did the Dutch really settle in North America? In fact, New Netherland included the New York State of today and extended to include Connecticut and further down the east coast, encompassing New Jersey, areas of Pennsylvania and Delaware. How do we know these settlements existed when their existence has long faded from memory? The historical archaeologist specializes in looking at the clues found at excavation sites and piecing together answers to such questions. These clues are discovered and examined using a method called stratigraphy. This means to carefully examine separate layers of soil. Field scientists have concluded that the earliest Dutch settlement was in part of today's New York state in 1609, just two years after Jamestown was founded. Analysis of broken objects and other items found in the garbage areas of old Dutch settlements reveal much about the everyday life of the people who lived there, including when the settlement was founded. But some answers remain elusive. The mystery of the Pipe Wreck, a Dutch ship that sank off the coast of Santo Domingo has never been completely solved. Was it carrying supplies to the Dutch settlements further north up the coast? Although artifacts have been found, it is impossible to know the full story with certainty. The book's concluding information includes a time line, a glossary, a list of books, websites and DVDs offering further information, a bibliography, and an index. This book is one in the "American Archaeology" series and would be a good resource in a middle school classroom or any library. Reviewer: Hazel Buys
School Library Journal
Gr 3–6—Huey enthusiastically brings these five different eras to life through artifacts and field research. Each volume begins with an identical introduction that defines "historical archaeology" and explains its value in terms simple enough for lower-elementary readers to comprehend, yet detailed enough for older children to enjoy, an approach followed in the remaining chapters. The author presents better-known archaeological mysteries, such as that of the Lost Colony of Roanoake, as well as more obscure ones, such as the escaped-slave community at Fort Mose in Florida. The visually pleasing books are replete with maps, paintings, and photographs, all appropriately placed and thoughtfully captioned. Occasionally, the author's descriptions of field sites become overly complex and hard to follow, but do not heavily detract from the work. Different from Trevor Barnes's Archaeology (Kingfisher, 2004), which is a survey of the field across the globe, Huey's focus on American history, which is broken down into small, manageable chunks, is sure to entice budding historians. Classroom teachers will find their students begging for a field trip to one of these sites.—Rebecca Dash, New York Public Library

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780761442639
Publisher:
Cavendish, Marshall Corporation
Publication date:
09/01/2009
Series:
American Archaeology Series
Pages:
64
Product dimensions:
7.70(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

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