Land Use at the Cove River Historical Site from the Time of Indigenous Societies Through the Modern Day

Organization(s):West Haven High School
Student(s):Christopher Mazzacane
Grade Level:Secondary School (grades 9-12, ages 14-18)
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Report Type(s):Standard Research Report
Date Submitted:05/10/2012

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The purpose behind this project is to further explore how people have used the land at the Cove River Historical Site throughout history and use that information to learn how the land can be better protected and used in the present day to promote sustainability and conservation of resources. The research begins at the first evidence of a human population using the site. This occurred during the early archaic period approximately 11,000 years ago, and the land has been used by people on and off for various purposes up through modern day (Cuzzone). The independent variable for this project is the specific time period. For this site, there are eight specific time periods that must be taken into account: early archaic, middle archaic, late archaic, terminal archaic, early woodland, middle woodland, late woodland, and contact. These time periods overlap significantly when obtaining artifacts. The dependent variable is the actual land use. Throughout the different time periods, different groups of people used the land for slightly different purposes. Research on the site has been conducted in conjunction with Catherine Iaccarino, Holly Cuzzone, and Nick Bellantoni.


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