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Make Yourself at Home: Rethinking Occupation at Multi-Component Sites Using a Case Study of Greenfield Ranch, Ukiah, California

This project questions conceptualizations of time which categorize Native American and non-Native American occupation as inherently separate through the use of terms such as “historic” and “prehistoric”. Using recent developments in the studies of household archaeology, historical ecology, and pluralistic sites, a tripartite perspective is presented to study landscapes with extensive occupational pasts. By using this framework to study landscape use and modification over time, we can improve the explanation and analysis of occupation, cultural change, and Native American sites in post-contact contexts. Greenfield Ranch, a multicomponent site, serves as a case study to test the efficacy of this framework.

This project questions conceptualizations of time which categorize Native American and non-Native American occupation as inherently separate through the use of terms such as “historic” and “prehistoric”. Using recent developments in the studies of household archaeology, historical ecology, and pluralistic sites, a tripartite perspective is presented to study landscapes with extensive occupational pasts. By using this framework to study landscape use and modification over time, we can improve the explanation and analysis of occupation, cultural change, and Native American sites in post-contact contexts. Greenfield Ranch, a multicomponent site, serves as a case study to test the efficacy of this framework.

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