W. Jesse Webb MA Thesis Defense – March 28, 2018

MA Oral Examination: W. Jesse Webb (APANB member!)

Event Date(s): March 28, 2018

Time(s): 01:30 PM – 04:00 PM


Location: Department of Anthropology, University of New Brunswick, Annex C  Room 31, Fredericton

Event Details:

The thesis title is ‘A Late Maritime Woodland Peskotomuhkati Fishery from the Mainland Quoddy Region, Southwestern New Brunswick, Canada.’

Abstract: The nature of precontact Indigenous fisheries, as well as their significance to subsistence economies, seasonal mobility, and diachronic cultural change, remain relatively underdeveloped in the archaeology of the Maritime Peninsula. This can be attributed to unevenness in the regional dataset, differential preservation, recovery bias, and an historic tendency to privilege mammal remains in zooarchaeological analyses. This thesis presents an analysis of a precontact fishery from BgDs-15, a small shell-bearing site located on the northern mainland of Passamaquoddy Bay, southwestern New Brunswick, Canada. Several hundred bones recovered during the 2004 field excavations and over 3,000 fish remains from midden column and bulk feature samples were examined. Multiple lines of complementary evidence, including taxonomic composition, relative abundances, skeletal element frequency, seasonality, and the ethnohistoric record are examined to produce a high-resolution analysis of the BgDs-15 fishery and provide insight into ancestral Peskotomuhkati settlement-subsistence strategies during the Late Maritime Woodland period (ca. 1350–550 BP).