Surface collecting from 36Ch283, a multicomponent site in southcentral Chester County, Pennsylvania, suggests that activities at this location over a long period of time were confined to a very slight rise not larger than 15 by 25 m. Phase II testing of the area adjacent to this site revealed a possible Shenks Ferry habitation area located on the shallower grade above the knoll, at a short distance from the focus of surface collecting. The very different picture presented by the surface finds, however impoverished by intensive activities of amateur collectors, demonstrates the importance of surface collections in the interpretation of more extensive information recovered through excavations. The Shenk's Ferry occupation at this site suggests an intrusion of these people in the early 16th century, perhaps resulting from a population displacement when the Susquehannocks shifted into the lower Susquehanna River Valley ca. 1500 AD.
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Becker, M. J. (2019). Surface Survey and Ground Testing at Sam's Site (36Ch283): A Multicomponent Site in Chester County, Pennsylvania With a Nearby Shenks Ferry Occupation. Pennsylvania Archaeologist: Bulletin of the Society for Pennsylvania Archaeology, Inc., 89(2), 63-77. Retrieved from https://digitalcommons.wcupa.edu/anthrosoc_facpub/83