|Peter Ramsden recording |
a Huron pottery rim fragment
|Plans and Profiles #2. Peter Ramsden, Huron Politics in 16th Century South-Central Ontario|
1) Tell me a little bit about your project.
|Recording pit features in the interior of a longhouse|
|Balsam Lake and the locations of sites investigated by our project. (Click to Enlarge)|
2) How did you become interested in this particular problem?
A rim section of a typical Huron pot
3) Has your project changed since you originally began working on it? How?
An aerial view of our excavations at the Benson site.
Some longhouse outlines are visible.
4) If you could ask the people/person who lived at your site one question what would it be?
In some form or other, I think the question would be “Who are you, and who are those people over there?”
|A human effigy clay pipe bowl from a Balsam Lake Huron site of ca. A.D. 1550. The figure's face is painted with red ochre, and the figure may be wearing some sort of hooded garment, perhaps with buttons down the front.|
5) Has your research taught you anything about yourself? What?
I think I would have to say that it has taught me that I’m not as good at figuring all this stuff out as I once thought I was.
A tiny fragment cut from a French copper kettle found on
a Balsam Lake Huron site dating to ca. 1550. Makes it one
of the earliest European trade materials in Ontario.
a) that it would produce so much information, and b) that I would still be working on it in 2013.
7) How do you unwind when you need to get away from your research?
In lots of different ways, but most often I suppose by doing other things on the computer - like editing and manipulating digital photographs, playing games, and emailing people about the possibility of going out for beer.
8) What is one thing that you can’t imagine doing fieldwork without?
I was going to say a camera, but it would be possible (although not advisable) to do field work without one. But I can’t imagine doing field work without a way of recording what I was doing, including making sketches, so I guess I have to say a large notebook. Oh, and a pen.
9) What books or websites would you recommend if people want to learn more about your area of interest in general? Or your project in particular?
Resources for Huron archaeology and history:
Warrick, Gary A Population History of the Huron-Petun, A.D. 500-1650. Cambridge University Press, 2008.
Ramsden, Peter “The Hurons, Archaeology and Culture History.” In: The Archaeology of Southern Ontario to A.D.1650, edited by Chris Ellis and Neal Ferris: 361-384. Occasional Publications of the London Chapter of the Ontario Archaeological Society, No. 5, 1990.
Resources for this project:
Damkjar, Eric The Coulter Site and Late Iroquoian Coalescence in the Upper Trent Valley (2nd edition). Occasional Papers in Northeastern Archaeology No. 2. Copetown Press, 2009.
Nasmith, Carol The Kirche Site: A 16th Century Huron Village in the Upper Trent Valley (2nd edition). Occasional Papers in Northeastern Archaeology No. 1. Copetown Preess, 2008.
Ramsden, Peter “Politics in a Huron village”. In: Painting the Past with a Broad Brush: Papers in Honour of James Valiere Wright, edited by David Keenlyside and Jean-Luc Pilon: 299-318. Canadian Museum of Civilization Mercury Series No. 170, 2009.
Peter Ramsden, Archaeology Publications: http://www.pramsden.info/archaeology.html
|An iron awl in an antler handle, from a Balsam Lake area Huron site of about A.D. 1580.|
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Photo Credits:1, 3-11: Peter Ramsden
2: Banner, Tim Rast based on a linocut by Lori White