Narragansett Indian Subsistence Practices During the Late Woodland Through Contact with Europeans

Denise Mowchan, Rhode Island College


This project is divided into three sections. Part 1 1s a synthesis of my research on Narragansett Indian subsistence practices before, during and after contact with Europeans. This synthesis is in the form of a model for studying Late Woodland-Contact culture change based on archaeological evidence that a shift in settlement pattern and subsistence practices may have occurred between the Late Woodland and Contact periods. This section was presented at the NEAA meetings in Buffalo this Spring. Part 2 is a review of my proposal for this project. It contains the original steps I intended to follow in conducting my research and explanations of how these steps were modified as I proceeded. My conclusions for each step and recommendations for further study are also presented in this section. The third section of this paper is an Appendix listing the presently known Late Woodland and Contact period sites in Rhode Island.