what is farmstead
archaeology investigates material conditions that have existed in rural North
America since the 1500s. Several
related research topics are addressed in farmstead studies:
• The economic transition from subsistence
to commercial agriculture;
• The material transition from vernacular,
folk-based culture to industrial-based culture;
• The influence of consumerism upon rural
• The effect of commercial agriculture upon
gender roles and the division of labor in rural households.
archaeology at the
The Kilgore farm,
located in Yorktown, was settled in the mid-1800s.
During spring semester 2006 anthropology students conducted
preliminary excavations in the rear yard of the two-story brick farmhouse.
The purpose of the fieldwork was to identify the location of
archaeological deposits at the site.
The results of spring fieldwork will provide the basis for future
investigations at the site.
Delaware County Atlas showing location of the Kilgore farm.
Front view of the Kilgore house, a two-story brick I-house.
BSU archaeology students in the rear yard of the Kilgore
house, spring 2006.
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