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Scholars Day: April 15, 2009

A $15 Log Cabin? Archaeological Investigations of the Albright II Site

SUNY Brockport’s 2008 summer archaeological field school focused on the Albright II Site located in the Finger Lakes National Forest. The Albright Farm is located at the highest elevation in the area and about three quarters of a mile off the main road. Historic records indicate that John and Catherine Albright bought the 95 acre farm in 1865 and moved there from another town in Schuyler County when John was 52 years old. The 1875 census lists the Albright home as a $15 log cabin; our data suggests the cabin was occupied until Catherine’s death in 1888. This paper presents the results of our investigations, focusing on the Albright’s use of the landscape, structural remains, artifact patterning and consumer behavior. The data indicates that this was no ordinary log cabin and that the age of the household may be an important factor explaining their material behavior.

Presenter: LouAnn Wurst (Faculty)
Topic: Anthropology
Location: 33 Hartwell
Time: 2:30 pm (Session IV)