Chuctanunda Terrace Site Historical

Chuctanunda Terrace Site Historical (HM1U4T)

Location: Amsterdam, NY 12010 Montgomery County
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Country: United States of America
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N 42° 56.164', W 74° 11.638'

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Native Americans have been visiting the site for nearly 5,000 years, drawn to this location by the rich resources of the Mohawk River and the Chuctanunda Creek North, and the animals and plants that flourished on their banks.The site was visited most frequently between 3,500 and 3,000 years ago, by people who made what archaeologists call Snook Kill and Orient Fishtail-type projectile points. These people did not have the ceramic pots of later cultures, but the stone tools they left behind tell us that daily activities at the site probably consisted of fishing in the river, collecting plants and nuts, and hunting game and processing the hides.Around AD1300 to 1500, the site was visited by Mohawk Indians, who left behind fragments of their distinctive incised pottery, triangular arrow points, and other artifacts. Few artifacts attributable to the Mohawks were found, so the site does not appear to be a large village like the ones found west of Amsterdam. Instead, it is more likely the site served the same function as it did much earlier, possibly an encampment visited by just a few people on hunting, fishing, or gathering excursions away from the main village.
HM NumberHM1U4T
Year Placed2016
Placed ByErie Canal National Heritage Corridor & National Park Service, U.S. Department of Interior
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Monday, September 5th, 2016 at 9:02am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18T E 565766 N 4754030
Decimal Degrees42.93606667, -74.19396667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 42° 56.164', W 74° 11.638'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds42° 56' 9.84" N, 74° 11' 38.28" W
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Area Code(s)518
Closest Postal AddressAt or near NY-5, Amsterdam NY 12010, US
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