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The Mantle Site available for pre-order

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The Mantle Site (written by Jennifer Birch and Ron Williamson) is now available for pre-order. The book features a detailed analysis of the sixteenth-century Huron-Wendat village found in the town of Whitchurch-Stouffville, Ontario. The site is famous for its size – over 95 longhouses excavated and more than 100,000 artifacts recovered by Archaeological Services Inc. Birch and Williamson analyze the social processes at work during this time in Canadian prehistory and discuss the “archaeology of communities”. This book is also available for pre-order on Amazon.ca.

Review for The Mantle Site

Birch and Williamson have synthesized an enormous quantity of data to produce a compelling narrative. They... have produced a work that enlarges our understanding of past Iroquoians and their world.

William Engelbrecht - State University of New York
Review for The Mantle Site

The Iroquoian nations of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries had been vastly different just a few generations earlier. They changed profoundly—before European contact. Only archaeology can find this earlier and deeper history. In The Mantle Site, Birch and Williamson reconstruct how Iroquoian people came together, invented, and put into practice new kinds of social communities, new political orders, new ways of making a living, and new customs. So much for the notion of timeless tradition and peoples with no history. The Mantle Site is far more than a splendid study of one village. This history is not just an Iroquoian story, because how people create new ways of coming together as political communities has something to say to us all.

Steve Kowalewski - University of Georgia

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