Year of Award
Master of Arts (MA)
Department or School/College
Department of Anthropology
Kenneth Lockridge, Todd Ahlman
class, cultural identity, gender, historical archaeology, homesteads, Idaho, immigrant, Swedish, turn of the century
University of Montana
In the summer of 2003, the University of Idaho conducted an archaeological field school at the Nora Creek site under the direction of Dr. Mark Warner at a Swedish homestead just east of Troy, Idaho. The field school unearthed a plethora of historical artifacts including metal, glass, ceramic, and faunal items left behind by the inhabitants of the Johanson homestead in Nora, Idaho. Historical documentation indicates that the Johansons immigrated to America from Sweden in 1882 and they arrived in Nora in 1891. The research goal of this thesis is to determine whether and how a signature of Swedish identity may be manifested in the material culture of the Nora Creek site. The glass and ceramic assemblages, as well as the faunal collection, are integrated with historical research to examine this topic. In order to pursue an archaeology of Swedish identity, it is essential to consider the ways in which class, gender, and cultural identity contributed to a Swedish identity in the Nora Creek assemblage versus general homesteading assemblages contemporary to the time frame of the site.
Haught, Amanda Clare, "Home Swede Home: The Archaeology of Swedish Cultural Identity at a Western Homestead" (2010). Graduate Student Theses, Dissertations, & Professional Papers. 521.
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