Whittlesey Social Life

8b.4 Whittlesey Social Life

Whittlesey Social Life

Early (A.D. 1200-1300) Whittlesey villages were small and were located near the coast of Lake Erie as well as in the uplands. They were occupied mainly during the summer months; winter and spring were spent in small hunting and fishing camps.

After A. D. 1400, villages were larger, often fortified, and located in the uplands of major river valleys. They were generally lived in year around. Some houses were up to 60-feet-long.

Like the longhouses of the historic Iroquois Indians, it is likely that they were used by more than one family. There is evidence of population stress and decline in some of these sites. This may have been caused by shortened growing seasons near the end of the Whittlesey era.