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Professor Michael "Bodhi" Rogers presents at the 10th International Conference of Archaeological Prospection in Vienna, Austria
Contributed by Jill Ackerman on 06/11/2013
Title: A multi‐method examination of an American Revolutionary War era house fort in New York State's Mohawk Valley Authors: Michael Rogers and Scott Stull
New York State’s Mohawk River Valley runs 240 kilometers starting just east of Lake Ontario and connecting with the Hudson River near Albany, New York. During the eighteenth century the Mohawk Valley was a frontier region with significant economic, military, and political importance in the emerging United States of America. Dutch, French, German, Irish, and Scottish immigrants settled the valley with the establishment of several fortified houses. These houses vary in appearance and spatial organization that created cultural identity for each owner. Fort Johnson was built by Sir William Johnson, an immigrant from Ireland who commanded Iroquois and colonial militia during the French and Indian War. Sir William Johnson learned the Mohawk Indian language and customs and was eventually appointed as the Superintendent of Indian Affairs for the Northern Region.