Part A: Examining our Past

A Developing Town

What was the political status of Kingston in 1840? What significant event occurred? How did Kingston's new found political status affect it economically? List two examples to support your answer. How did this situation change and what effect did it have on Kingston's economic and physical development?
An Examination of the Market

Describe the Market at the time of the fire of 1840. How did the fire pave the way for changes in the Market's organization and physical set-up? Give two examples of these changes. The city was prepared to invest a lot of money into the "new" market, at this time, what role did the market play within the social and economic organization of Kingston at the time?
The Relevance of Archaeology

Examine artifacts from the time of the first fire. How does this type of physical evide Read More
Part A: Examining our Past

A Developing Town

  1. What was the political status of Kingston in 1840? What significant event occurred?
  2. How did Kingston's new found political status affect it economically? List two examples to support your answer.
  3. How did this situation change and what effect did it have on Kingston's economic and physical development?

An Examination of the Market

  1. Describe the Market at the time of the fire of 1840.
  2. How did the fire pave the way for changes in the Market's organization and physical set-up? Give two examples of these changes.
  3. The city was prepared to invest a lot of money into the "new" market, at this time, what role did the market play within the social and economic organization of Kingston at the time?

The Relevance of Archaeology

  1. Examine artifacts from the time of the first fire. How does this type of physical evidence enhance existing historical information about Kingston at the time of the first fire in 1840?
  2. In what ways, do the findings of archaeologists support or clarify historical research?
  3. How the role of archaeologists in discovering new historical information important within the context of historical research?

Part B: Writing Extension: Newspaper Article

There are three main prehistoric native sites located within the city limits of Kingston. Research one of the sites. As a modern reporter, write a newspaper article about the discovery of the site.

Assignment Requirements

  1. Outline what was discovered and what factors contributed to the ability of the archaeologists to date the site or what road blocks they encountered.
  2. Be sure to include details as to reasons why some information was lost.
  3. Consider the role archives play in researching the site in your answer.
  4. Report the details concerning how much physical evidence the archaeological excavations were able to provide.
  5. Indicate what new information was gained from the archaeological excavation.

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Learning Objectives

  1. Learn about the development of native communities from the Paleo Indian Period, circa 7000 B.C.E. through to Late Woodland Period circa 1600 C.E., within the Kingston area.
  2. Learn about the factors that caused and contributed to the urban and societal changes in the Kingston area from pre-history, circa 7000 B.C.E. until circa 1900 B.C.E.
  3. Research the chronological development of prehistoric Kingston and how an understanding of such knowledge is necessary in the field of archaeology in identifying artifacts and contributing to our understanding of the past.
  4. Examine the basic archaeological practices used in local excavations.

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