Excavating the Sutlers' House: Artifacts of the British Armies in Fort Edward and Lake George

Excavating the Sutlers' House: Artifacts of the British Armies in Fort Edward and Lake George

by David R. Starbuck

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David Starbuck and his colleagues have been excavating British military sites in Fort Edward and Lake George, New York, for two decades. This region housed the largest British forts and encampments of the French and Indian War (1754–1763), with as many as 16,000 soldiers and officers garrisoned there. In 1996, on the east bank of the Hudson River, Starbuck’s team unearthed the remarkable remains of a sutlers’ (or merchants’) house which had supplied goods to the British armies throughout the late 1750s. Because no eighteenth-century sutling house had ever before been professionally excavated, this site offered an amazing opportunity for research and discovery. This beautifully illustrated volume focuses on the rich and varied material culture brought to this region by the British armies and their suppliers, including representative artifacts found at Rogers Island, Fort Edward, Fort William Henry, and the Lake George Battlefield Park. Organized around material themes such as weaponry and ammunition, food and foodways, and tools and equipment, Excavating the Sutlers’ House provides a fascinating overview of artifacts from the French and Indian War to the American Revolution.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781584658184
Publisher: University Press of New England
Publication date: 05/11/2010
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 132
Product dimensions: 6.90(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

DAVID R. STARBUCK is Associate Professor of Anthropology and Sociology at Plymouth State University. This is his seventh book from University Press of New England, following The Archeology of New Hampshire: Exploring 10,000 Years in the Granite State.

Table of Contents

Preface vii

1 The British Encampments in Fort Edward and Lake George 1

2 The Sutling House in Fort Edward: The Crucial Source of Supplies 17

3 Weaponry and Ammunition 37

4 Food and Foodways, Cutlery, Pottery, and Glass 49

5 Tools and Equipment 67

6 Architectural Hardware 77

7 Personal Artifacts: Clothing, Sewing, and Grooming 83

8 Coins 93

9 Miscellany: Glass Trade Beads, Musical Instruments, and Tobacco Pipes 99

10 Conclusions 107

Appendix. Artifact Totals for the Fort Edward Sutling House, 2001-2008 111

Further Reading 115

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