Villages, Maize, and the Narragansett
New Information on the Formation of
a Traditional Indian Territory along the Rhode Island Coast!
Tuesday, Oct. 13, 7 p.m.
URI Bay Campus Coastal Institute Auditorium
Joseph N. Waller, Jr. of The Public Archaeology Lab, Inc., will be discussing the Salt Pond archaeological site which was identified during environmental review planning for a proposed residential subdivision in the 1980s. Archaeological investigations between the late 1980s and the early 2000s provided insight into Native American village settlement, resource exploitation, maize horticulture, and the establishment of Narragansett Indian territory during the decades and centuries leading up to first European contact. The Salt Pond Site has been preserved through the exhaustive efforts of RI governmental agencies, the Federal Highway Administration, and the Narragansett Indian Tribe. This talk will present on the site’s material and feature content and radiocarbon record highlighting recent discoveries made during continued study of this culturally significant place.
This program is co-hosted by the Pettaquamscutt Historical Society and Tomaquag Museum.