Date of Award
Master of Arts
Dr. Elizabeth B. Garland
Dr. William Cremin
Dr. Robert Sundick
Masters Thesis-Open Access
This study involved the analysis of the historic artifacts recovered from the excavation of the Elam site (20AE195) during the 1978, 1983, 1985, and 1987 field seasons, conducted by Western Michigan University.
The results of the analysis indicate that there were at least two pre-twentieth century historic occupations of the site. The first dates between A.D. 1680-1770, and was a transient and probably repeated usage of the site by Potawatomi Indians. The second dating to approximately A.D. 1840, is possibly the short term, temporary residence of an unknown fur trader, prior to settlement of the area by Americans.
Jeakle, Mary Lynn, "An Analysis of the Artifacts from the Historic Components of the Elam Site (20AE195), Allegan County, Michigan" (1992). Masters Theses. 874.