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Published in Nebraska Anthropologist Vol. 21 (2006). Copyright © Brennan J. Dolan; published by The University of Nebraska-Lincoln AnthroGroup.


In the summer of 2005 the University of Nebraska-Lincoln archaeological field school excavated at the Beaver Creek Trail Crossing Site (25SW49). Early on the excavations at this historic site began to reveal a high amount of material salvaging by site occupants. This paper takes a systematic look at daub as an investigative substance. This piece discusses what archaeologists can learn by examining daub similarly to the analyses of more traditional archaeological materials (e.g. lithics). Additionally, this manuscript addresses frontier building practices with specific consideration to salvaging activity.

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