Cider, Wheat, Maize, and Firewood: Paleoethnobotany at Sylvester Manor

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Northeast Historical Archaeology, ISSN: 0048-0738, Vol: 36, Issue: 1, Page: 113-126

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Trigg, Heather; Leasure, Ashley
Binghamton University
Archaeology; archeology; anthropology; history; historical; society; culture; cultural; societies; industry; colony; colonies; colonial; Sylvester Manor; Africans; Europeans; Native Americans; Slaves; 17th century; 1600's; Plantation; paleoethnobotany; botanical; botany; New York; NY; Anthropology; Archaeological Anthropology; Social and Behavioral Sciences
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The paleoethnobotanical analysis program at Sylvester Manor is designed to investigate the relationships between the Sylvesters, their workers, and the botanical environment. Most of the contexts sampled provide information about domestic household consumption. The site residents used large quantities of oak for fuel and possibly building construction. Documents provide more robust information about the production of crops and interactions with Native peoples, suggesting that local Native Americans provided a source of labor for the production of crops.