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This thesis will describe the archaeobotanical analysis of large pit features excavated during the 1990s and 2000s at the Wall (A.D. 1400-1600) and Jenrette (A.D. 1650-1680) sites in Hillsborough, North Carolina. Certain features demonstrate relatively equivalent quantities of a variety of plant taxa, whereas others are abundant in one or few taxa and appear to represent refuse of communal processing events. These processing events provide a case study for community interaction outside of a ritual context and have implications for interpreting temporal transformations in diet, landscape use, and identity politics in the North Carolina Piedmont during the Late Woodland and historic periods, further elucidating the complex and dynamic cultural histories of Native peoples prior to and immediately following European contact.