Wed
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The Jireh Bull House at Pettaquamscutt: Archaeology of a Fortified House in Narragansett Country

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

6:30 PM-8:00 PM

Cost: Free

Aldrich House
110 Benevolent Street
Providence, RI

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On December 15, 1675, a party of Native Americans attacked and burned Jireh Bull’s house at Pettaquamscutt, as armies from Connecticut, Plymouth, and Massachusetts Bay attempted to rendezvous there in anticipation of the Great Swamp Fight. This talk presents current research on the documentary history and material culture of the Jireh Bull Blockhouse Site (RI-926) in South Kingstown, RI. It places the attack and counter-attack at the site in a long-term history of intercultural engagements in the Narragansett Indian homeland.

Colin Porter is a PhD candidate in the Department of Anthropology at Brown University. Trained as an historical archaeologist, his research interests include culture contact and colonialism in pre-Revolutionary New England, particularly Native-Anglo relations through war and peace.

R.S.V.P.:  Natasha, 401-273-8107 x12 or nbrooks@rihs.org