The detailed archaeological and historical data from a series of farms located in the Finger Lakes National Forest provides a rich context to explore the transformations in American agriculture from the early 19th century through the depression, the era when most of these farms were abandoned. Our data suggests that successful farming was based on more complex issues then simply what crop was produced, and involved issues of land, labor, and family structure. In this paper, I contrast the histories of several neighboring farms to elucidate these issues, as well as outline our plans for this summerís archaeological field school.
|Presenter:||Louann Wurst (Faculty)|
|Time:||9:20 am (Session I)|