Date Approved


Degree Type

Open Access Senior Honors Thesis

Department or School

Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminology

First Advisor

Bradley E. Ensor

Second Advisor

E.L. Cerroni-Long


Archaeological settlement pattern studies, based on regional surveys to locate sites and observe surface artifacts, are useful for making interpretations of social organization and subsistence strategies. However, without more detailed spatial analysis of the sites themselves, and without excavation data, the interpretations should be considered tentative. This thesis tests a prior interpretation of site 20WN14, which was based on surface evidence from a regional survey, with intrasite spatial analysis and excavation data. Because there has been limited investigation on social organization and subsistence in Southeast Michigan, the conclusions can significantly improve understanding of these themes.