Title

Investigations at Fort Ouiatenon and Kethtippecanunk, Two Fur-Trade Era Sites in Tippecanoe County, Indiana

Document Type

Presentation

Presentation Date

4-2-2010

Conference Name

Society for American Archaeology

Conference Location

St. Louis, MO

Peer Review

Contributed

Abstract

Fort Ouiatenon and Kethtippecanunk were sites integral to the eighteenth century fur trade in the central Wabash River valley. Fort Ouiatenon was constructed by the French in 1717 and was extensively excavated in the 1960s and '70s. However, little effort had been made to investigate the historic Kickapoo/Mascouten villages that surrounded the fort. Magnetometry survey in these areas indicates clusters of anomalies, including numerous large, circular anomalies that are likely Native winter houses. Kethtippecanunk was a fur-trading town occupied by the Wea. Magnetometry and excavations at Kethtippecanunk focused on defining the site's boundaries and investigation of a fur trader's house.

Keywords

archaeology, Indiana, fur trade, French, Northwest border wars

Disciplines

Anthropology | Archaeological Anthropology

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