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Scholars Day 2005, Wednesday, April 13

The Bell Site: Exposing the Greater Picture of a 19th Century Farmstead

The Hector backbone was once occupied by numerous thriving farmsteads in the 19th century. However, by the 20th century almost all farms were abandoned and demolished. The land, now part of the Finger Lakes National Forest, was excavated by Dr. Wurst and a team of SUNY Brockport students in the summer of 2002. By uniting three academic fields of study, we employ a holistic approach to better understand the excavated Bell farmstead and former occupants. Historical archival information, such as census data, will create a more realistic picture of the Bell family. An analysis of archaeological artifacts will give structure to the daily life of the Bell family via material culture. Finally, by implementing GIS in the project, it will be easier to visualize the farmstead in a heavily forested environment. Altogether, these approaches expose a greater picture of the life of a farmer during this era.

Presenter: Kristin Munro (Undergraduate Student)
Topic: Anthropology
Location: 121 Smith
Time: 9:20 am (Session I)

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