Essay on The Ceramic Styles That Took Place At The Benson Site
What are the Issues and the Claims?
Questions the Research was Designed to Address:
1. Why had some houses, such as House 10 and 14, extended double their length at one time?
2. Why had a neighboring house located in one part of the village been dismantled before the abandonment of the village and never rebuilt?
3. What are the political and economic changes that took place at the Benson site?
4. The relationship between houses, between features within houses and between houses and middens.
Answers the Research Produced:
¬ the evidence of hearths, pits and interior posts within the extensions suggests that the extensions to the households were occupied as a domestic space (Ramsden 2009:303)
¬ House 10 contained European trade goods such as European metal, St. Lawrence Iroquoian pottery and pipes, therefore, suggesting that House 10 expanded in order to accommodate St. Lawrence Iroquoian refugees as they brought with them European trade material (Ramsden 2009:306).
¬ House 10 expanded in order to adopt St. Lawrence Iroquoian families therefore House 10 became a special household in the Benson community (Ramsden 2009:311)
¬ House 10 was a ‘progressive’ household as these individuals were engaged in trapping beaver for trade, raising domestic dogs for food rather than hurting wild animals and having economic links to Europeans in the St.…