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Master of Arts




Dr. Neal Ferris


In this thesis the cultural material and settlement data from the Roffelsen site is examined in conjunction with detailed osteological analysis previously conducted for the people that were buried there. The archaeological and osteological data is provided as a background for analyzing archaeological conceptions of the Late Woodland Western Basin Tradition in Ontario. The Roffelsen site provides a unique opportunity to examine our conceptions of social organization, ritual and landscape at the boundary between daily living and social expressions of death. Themes of memory and memorialization are examined as the enclosure constructed on site functions both to separate the interior and exterior spaces as well as a making statement on the landscape.