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All the Yards a Market: Bones of Dissent and the Seed of Reproduction (2015)
DOCUMENT Citation Only Justin E. Uehlein.

Subsistence gardening and animal rearing were as integral to the expansion of U.S. capitalism as the coal that fueled its development. Labor performed at the home provided an effective means of workforce reproduction without significant capital investment by elites while also providing an outlet for laborer resistance to company control. In particular, these skills aided the working-class during labor strikes and periods of unemployment. Working-class communities were paradoxically situated...

Archaeological Investigations of Fort Amsterdam, Sint Eustatius, Dutch Caribbean (2019)
DOCUMENT Citation Only Todd H. Ahlman. Suzanne Sanders. Ashley H. McKeown. Fred van Keulen.

This is an abstract from the "POSTER Session 2: Linking Historic Documents and Background Research in Archaeology" session, at the 2019 annual meeting of the Society for Historical Archaeology. Fort Amsterdam (ca. 1680s-1810s) was a small military and commercial fort on the west coast of the Dutch island of Sint Eustatius in the northern Lesser Antilles. The fort’s primary purpose was to protect Oranje Bay, where ships anchored to bring goods to the Lower Town warehouses, and from around 1724...

Archaeology and Contemporary Capitalism (2019)
DOCUMENT Citation Only Peter Gould.

This is an abstract from the "Archaeology Out-of-the-Box: Investigating the Edge of the Discipline" session, at the 84th annual meeting of the Society for American Archaeology. Hamilakis and Duke first considered the relationship between "Archaeology and Capitalism" in 2007. In the intervening decade, contemporary capitalism has changed vastly, relocating and concentrating wealth and economic power, constraining national sovereignty in globalized markets, disrupting industries through...

An Archaeology of (Un)Capital: Hobos, The Great Depression, and a Small Pennsylvania Slate Quarrying Town Called Delta (2018)
DOCUMENT Citation Only Daniel Sayers. Justin E. Uehlein.

Capitalism has always relied on the exploitation of temporary, underpaid laborers. This fact of Capital has never been more clear than during the Great Depression. When faced with joblessness and the loss of their homes, countless persons took to the rails in search of work. These persons found short-term homes in camps near labor centers across the country. Drawing on archaeological, archival, and ethnographic data on a transient laborer camp near Delta, Pennsylvania, we explore the potential...

The archaeology of colonialism and capitalism in the Southwest Pacific: the Compagnie Calédonienne Nouvelles-Hébrides (CCNH) on Malakula, Vanuatu. (2017)
DOCUMENT Citation Only Stuart Bedford.

Much of the European mapping of the South West Pacific occurs relatively late in terms of global history. In Vanuatu (ex New Hebrides) the first visits were Spanish ships in 1606. The wider archipelago was not further explored until the visit of Cook in 1774 but soon afterwards it had been incorporated into the rapidly infilling global map. The geography, climate and people had been described as had hints of the economic potential and the islands could now be discussed and dissected amongst the...

Beyond Domesticity: Material and Spatial Expressions of Gender Systems in Deerfield, Massachusetts (2003)
DOCUMENT Full-Text Deborah L. Rotman.

This presentation was part of the symposium "Memory, Power, and the Archaeology of Rural New England" at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Historical Archaeology in Providence, Rhode Island. The paper focuses on the cult of domesticity and how it has been the most widely studied of all gender systems. However, additional ideologies – such as equal rights feminism, domestic reform, and others – also shaped gender relations during the second half of the eighteenth through the early twentieth...

Bristol Houses: the Order of Merchant Capitalism in England's Second City (2013)
DOCUMENT Citation Only Roger H Leech.

A survey of housing in medieval and early modern Bristol provides insights into how the urban elite overtly or less obviously reinforced social inequality and hierarchy.  Some of these elements of urban culture relate to those identified elsewhere, notably in the writings of Glassie, Deetz and Leone with reference to the vernacular architecture and social structure of 18th-century North America, the use of classical architecture, falling gardens and baroque street plans.  Other elements...

Can Archaeology Slow Down Fast Capitalism? (2016)
DOCUMENT Citation Only Randall McGuire.

The great intellectual myth of the end of the 20th century was that the 21st century dawned in a world of "posts"; post industrial, post colonial and most importantly post capitalist. The sociologist Ben Agger has argued that we do not live in a post capitalist world but rather in a world of hyped up Capitalism or Fast Capitalism. More recently, the economist Thomas Piketty has redirected economic research back to the study of wealth and Capital. his work sustains Karl Marx's fundamental...

Capitalism, Hobos, and the Gilded Age: An Archaeology of Communitization in the Inbetween (2017)
DOCUMENT Citation Only Justin E. Uehlein.

The years following the Civil War and leading up to the Great Depression are largely left out of archaeological discourse. Whether as a result of perceived temporal insignificance (it’s not old enough!), or the assumed ephemerality of such assemblages, peoples dispossessed of their homes as a result of the greatest crisis in modern capitalism have been forgotten in mainstream discourse and effectively ignored by archaeologists. A focus on capitalism within historical archaeology supports this...

Capitalist Expansion and Identity in the Oasis of San Pedro de Atacama, 1880-1980: An Interdisciplinary Approach (2016)
DOCUMENT Citation Only Flora Vilches. Lorena Sanhueza. Cristina Garrido. Cecilia Sanhueza. Ulises Cárdenas. Daniela Baudet.

In the second half of the 19th Century Chile began a period of profound change resulting from the expansion of the mining industry and increasing investment by large private capital interests. Only a few decades later, the subsistence mode of indigenous Atacameño society, in the far north, was profoundly transformed from an essentially agricultural-pastoral economy to a more diversified capitalist-based one. In this poster we present the results of interdisciplinary research on four subsistence...

Commercial Connections in the Chinese Diaspora (2016)
DOCUMENT Citation Only John P. Molenda.

What do Chinese work camps in the American West tell us about emergent capitalist networks in the mid-nineteenth century? This talk will draw upon current archaeological and ethnographic fieldwork as well as historical studies to contextualize the historical archaeology of Chinese railroad laborers. The extant archaeological remains found on work camps - hearths, ceramic sherds, game pieces, etc - only tell part of the story. A focus on remittances, and the transnational flow of cash, goods,...

Consumer Agency beyond Identity: Indigenous Demand and Euro-American Wampum Production between New Jersey and the Plains (2019)
DOCUMENT Citation Only Eric Johnson.

This is an abstract from the "SAA 2019: General Sessions" session, at the 84th annual meeting of the Society for American Archaeology. The popular "object-biography" approach to commodities generally focuses on hegemonic material culture in the hands of unintended consumers, such as the analysis of "European" goods found in "Native" contexts. What this fails to capture, however, is a kind of consumer agency that extends beyond the politics of identity. In other words, what are the structural...

The Deep History of a Modern Phenomenon: An Archaeological Perspective on Corporate Agriculture in Northwest Ohio (2017)
DOCUMENT Citation Only Robert Chidester. Maura Johnson.

Yard signs proclaiming, "Family Farms Not Factory Farms!" are a common site along rural highways in the Midwest. These signs are a direct response to the tremendous growth of corporate agriculture during the second half of the 20th century and the concomitant decline of the traditional farming model in which a single family owns and operates a productive, commercial farm. While most lay people likely assume that "factory farms" are a fairly recent economic phenomenon, in reality land...

Envisioning Logging Camps as Site of Social Antagonsim in Capitalism: An Anishinaabe Example from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. (2020)
DOCUMENT Citation Only Eric C. Drake.

This is an abstract from the session entitled "Historical Archaeology of Capitalism’s Cracks" , at the 2020 annual meeting of the Society for Historical Archaeology. The Slovenian Marxist philosopher, Slovoj Zizek has observed a curious paradox within western pop culture and society that “it’s much easier to imagine the end of all life on earth than a much more modest radical change in capitalism.” This paper presents an archaeological case study for imagining alternatives to living in...

Immigration and Transformation in Central California: A Case Study from the Samuel Adams Limekiln Complex, Santa Cruz County, California (2018)
DOCUMENT Citation Only David G. Hyde.

The mid- to late-nineteenth century in California was marked by rapid and dramatic technological, economic, and social change. These transformations were spurred largely by the substantial influx of multiple diasporic communities from across the globe, being both pushed and pulled to the state by various factors. As a result, from their origin, many industries, places, and communities were multi-ethnic, with internal social and labor divisions being based on complex, fluid, and historically...

Indigenous Labor and the Hacienda System: Examining Everyday Micropolitics and Global Capitalism at the Historic Hacienda Guachalá, Ecuador (2015)
DOCUMENT Citation Only Zev Cossin.

Scholarship in a variety of disciplines pertaining to global flows of people, goods and ideas have begun to emphasize the mediating effects of local communities and cultural logics on and against broader transformations and structural conditions. This topic is of particular importance to an anthropological understanding of both contemporary capitalist processes globally as well as their historical precedents. Recent theoretical approaches to contemporary capitalism, specifically, approach...

Interpretative Archaeology (1993)
DOCUMENT Citation Only Christopher Tilley.

This resource is a citation record only, the Center for Digital Antiquity does not have a copy of this document. The information in this record has been migrated into tDAR from the National Archaeological Database Reports Module (NADB-R) and updated. Most NADB-R records consist of a document citation and other metadata but do not have the documents themselves uploaded. If you have a digital copy of the document and would like to have it curated in tDAR, please contact us at

Interrogating Legacies of Industry: Industrial Ruins and the Creative Destruction of Capitalism (2018)
DOCUMENT Citation Only Sam R. Sweitz.

How do we interpret and reconcile meaning related to the creative destruction of capitalism?  That is, the basic tension that exists between the awe-inspiring power of capitalist production and the disdain inspiring proclivity for endless accumulation/consumption.  How can we rectify the many beneficial outcomes of global industrialization with the externalized costs (for some) that are now coming due (for all)?  Archaeological methodologies and theoretical models are particularly suited to...

Labor’s Failure? (2020)
DOCUMENT Citation Only LouAnn Wurst.

This is an abstract from the session entitled "Historical Archaeology of Capitalism’s Cracks" , at the 2020 annual meeting of the Society for Historical Archaeology. Much of the archaeology and history of labor is based on organized labor, unions, and strikes, and the common rhetoric emphasizes the success or failure of union strike activities. This frames labor activism as analogous to sporting events with clear winners and losers and inadvertently adopts the vantage point of capital. As we...

Las Cadenas que más nos Encadenan son las Cadenas que Hemos Roto: The Yucatecan Hacienda, Capitalist Mentalities, and the Production of Space and Identity (2015)
DOCUMENT Citation Only Sam R. Sweitz.

The modern era is distinguished by the increasing articulation of people and places within a globalizing world characterized by a capitalist world-economy that links the local and regional to the global within an integrated World-System.  Central to this system is a worldwide division of labor that organizes individuals and households into exploitative relationships within global commodity chains.  The Yucatan Peninsula, a geographically bounded and economically peripheral place, transcends...

Law, private property, and the construction of the family in the archaeological record of colonial Moquegua (2017)
DOCUMENT Citation Only Pilar Escontrias.

In 1884, Friedrich Engels attributed the development of the nuclear family unit to the rise of the capitalist state and the subsequent emergence of private property in 16th century Europe. In The Origin of the Family, Private Property, and the State, he posited that private property resulted in the restructuring of kinship practices where women gradually lost authority over their own activities, spaces, and their lives, and where the division of labor became gendered and spatialized. In this...

Life in the Ruins: Logging and Squatting at a 19th Century Village in Southwest Michigan (2017)
DOCUMENT Citation Only Aaron Howe. Jan Brashler.

In this paper we examine archaeological data from Blendon Landing, a village centered on logging in Southwest Michigan during the mid-nineteenth century. When the logging ceased, most left. However archaeological and historical analysis suggests that a period of squatting occurred following Blendon Landing’s "abandonment". Squatting, as a ‘mode of existence’ outside the primary relations of capitalism, is often neglected in historical and archaeological research. Life, however, does not end with...

Life Weaving Golden Thread: Archaeological Investigations at the Sampson Mill Village, Greenville County, South Carolina (1993)
DOCUMENT Citation Only Natalie Adams. Debi Hacker. Anne McCuen.

This resource is a citation record only, the Center for Digital Antiquity does not have a copy of this document. The information in this record has been migrated into tDAR from the National Archaeological Database Reports Module (NADB-R) and updated. Most NADB-R records consist of a document citation and other metadata but do not have the documents themselves uploaded. If you have a digital copy of the document and would like to have it curated in tDAR, please contact us at

Machines and the Migrant Under-employed: the production of surplus life and labor in the Anthracite coal fields of Northeast Pennsylvania (2018)
DOCUMENT Citation Only Michael P Roller.

For much of its early history, underground coal mining involved material conditions which encouraged the solidarity and control of its independent skilled workers. Coal operations in the Anthracite region of Northeast Pennsylvania were among the first, however, to mechanize labor processes with steam shovels, waste processing, and other technical means to extract additional surplus profit from their investments. It also served to break the resistance of organized skilled workers. This technical...

Men of Good Timber: An Archaeological Investigation of Labor in Michigan's Upper Peninsula (2015)
DOCUMENT Citation Only Aaron Howe.

  Questions of labor and everyday life have been commonplace in archaeology.  At Coalwood, a cordwood camp that operated from 1901-1912 in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, these issues become especially important since labor experienced a dramatic transformation when the camp shifted from housing a large number of male laborers to being organized by individual households.  In this paper I use archaeological evidence to examine the social relations these laborers were engaged in that produced and...