Date of Award
Master of Arts (MA)
Department of Sociology and Anthropology: Archaeology
Ste. Genevieve, Missouri is a small town south of St. Louis, settled by the French and home to the Janis-Ziegler site (23SG272). However, the German Ziegler family along with other German families resided in the town beginning in the early nineteenth century. The Ziegler family used the Janis-Ziegler site as a home and a tobacco shop. Beginning in 2006, archaeological investigations went underway on the Janis-Ziegler site. The purpose of this research is to figure out to what degree the Ziegler family showed their ethnicity while living at the Janis-Ziegler house. The second purpose of the research is to figure out whether the German ethnicity of the Ziegler family be uncovered through the material culture.
In this research, I reviewed the English and German newspapers from nineteenth-century Ste. Genevieve, to reveal any ethnic differences between the advertisements. I then compared the findings of the advertisements to the archaeological and Ziegler probate inventory data. By doing this, the Ziegler family ethnic preferences became more apparent. I also included research on the landscape at the Janis-Ziegler house and inheritance practices of the Ziegler family, since these areas may also reveal the Ziegler ethnic identity.
Dretske, Lisa Marie, "An Archaeological and Historical Search for German Ethnicity at the Janis-Ziegler Site ( 23 Sg 272 )" (2013). Theses and Dissertations. 68.