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Another Place for Thinking: A Decade of Making Connections at Wye House (2015)

Citation DOCUMENT [ID: 434085] Mark P. Leone. Benjamin Skolnik.

In a 2005 article in World Archaeology, Dan Hicks revisits the William Paca garden in Annapolis, calling it "a place for thinking", not only in the literal sense used by Leone but also in that scholars frequently revisit it as they work out disciplinary issues in the present.  As we think about "Peripheries and Boundaries", we cannot help but to think beyond them, to the connections that tie together the sites we excavate and to the people we find there both in the past and in the present.  In...

Archaeology of the 18th-Century French Colonial Metoyer Land Grant Site, Natchitoches, Louisiana (2015)

Citation DOCUMENT [ID: 398200] Clete Rooney. David Morgan. Kevin MacDonald.

Recent plans to develop a tract of land on Cane River prompted examination of a locality pivotal to understanding the colonial creole experience in northwest Louisiana. Survey work in 2011 and 2012 identified a large river front site, part of which was home to the plantations of Narcisse Prud’homme, John Plauché, and Pierre Metoyer—the latter an economically prominent colonial known for his relationship with the celebrated Marie-Thérèse Coincoin. Subsequent archival research, geophysical survey,...

At the Crossroads of Consumption: 19th Century Slave Life in Western Tennessee (2015)

Citation DOCUMENT [ID: 434040] Kimberly Kasper. Katharine Reinhart. Ellie Maclin.

In eight years of excavations on the 20,000 acre Ames land base in western Tennessee, a clearer picture of the 19th century of everyday life and the associated patterns of consumption of the antebellum south has emerged. With over twenty contiguous plantations, we are able to compare specific characteristics of the material culture from large (3,000+ acres) to small plantations (300 acres). Our current focus is on Fanny Dickins, a woman of financial means who established a small plantation after...

At the Intersection: Destabilizing White Creole Masculinity at the 18th-Century Little Bay Plantation, Montserrat, West Indies (2017)

Citation DOCUMENT [ID: 431954] Jessica Striebel MacLean.

Guided by contemporary humoral theory, 18th-century Europeans believed climate and bodily humors to be mutually influential and correlated in their effect on human temperament, appearance, and behavior. Resettlement to a new climate was understood to create humoral imbalances fundamentally affecting an individual’s character and even physical appearance including skin color. Subject to the effects of tropical climate British settlers to the West Indies thus transformed were viewed as...

"Coon, possum, rabbit, squirrel en aw dat": A zooarchaeological investigation of foodways at Witherspoon Plantation, South Carolina (2015)

Citation DOCUMENT [ID: 434092] Diane E. Wallman. Kevin Fogle.

This paper examines the results of zooarchaeological analysis completed on faunal remains from Witherspoon Island, a 19th century cotton plantation in South Carolina. This research contributes to a larger ongoing historical archaeological project exploring the lives of enslaved African-Americans and their descendants on the remote absentee plantation. To examine shifting food practices at the site, we present the results of the analysis of faunal remains recovered from two house and adjacent...

The House-Yard Revisited: Domestic Landscapes of Enslaved People in Plantation Jamaica (2016)

Citation DOCUMENT [ID: 434375] Hayden F. Bassett.

Across the sugar-producing islands of the Caribbean, the "slave village" has remained both a significant object and context for archaeological study of plantation slavery. Recent landscape perspectives have fostered new methods for seeing the material lives of enslaved people at the household and community scales. In recent years, however, little attention has been given the household infrastructure that extended beyond the house itself and articulated quarters into a village complex. The swept...

If a Picture is Worth a 1,000 words, How Much are GIS Coordinates Worth? The Use of Visual History, Oral History, and GIS Data to Define the McAdoo Plantation Home (2013)

Citation DOCUMENT [ID: 428200] Heather A Fischer.

In the mid- 19th century, General John David McAdoo operated a plantation in Washington County Texas. Dismantled in the 1960s, all that remains of the house are the stone pier foundations. During the summer of 2012, Texas Tech University excavated and mapped the stone piers using Geographic Information Systems (GIS). The primary goal of these investigations was to document the layout and extent of the structure’s remains.  Information about the house comes from both an oral interview and visual...

Interactions Across the Landscape: Interpreting Social Relationships within Montpelier’s Black Community (2015)

Citation DOCUMENT [ID: 433777] Matthew C Greer.

Social relationships structure daily life in a variety of ways.  However, when considering the social world that existed inside slave quarters across Virginia, archaeologists have not been able to come to a consensus on how to approach the study of social networks; with some researchers focusing on social standing, seen most often through the role of material wealth to create connections and others focusing on how interactions can be meaningfully interpreted from the archaeological record.  This...

Landscape Legacies of Sugarcane Monoculture at Betty’s Hope Plantation, Antigua, West Indies (2016)

Citation DOCUMENT [ID: 434433] Suzanna M. Pratt.

The historic sugarcane industry transformed Caribbean societies, economies, and environments. This research explores the landscape legacies left by long-term sugarcane monoculture at Betty’s Hope Plantation on the eastern Caribbean island of Antigua, which was dedicated to sugarcane monoculture from the mid-1600s until independence in 1981. The study creates a simulation of crop yields using the USDA’s Erosion Productivity Impact Calculator, which is then evaluated using records of historical...

The Life Cycle of a Slave Cabin: Results of the 2014 and 2015 University of Florida Historical Archaeological Field Schools at Bulow Plantation, Flagler County, Florida (2016)

Citation DOCUMENT [ID: 434802] Mary Elizabeth Ibarrola.

Bulow Plantation (8FL7) in Flagler County, Florida, occupied for only fourteen years, provides a narrow window into the life of enslaved African Americans living and working on an East Florida sugar plantation.  In the 2014 and 2015 field seasons, the University of Florida conducted excavations focusing on a single domestic slave cabin and the surrounding yard.  Results from these excavations will be presented with a particular focus on the life cycle of the cabin, from its construction in 1821...

Making Whiteness: White Creole Masculinity at the 18th-Cenutry Little Bay Plantation, Montserrat, West Indies (2016)

Citation DOCUMENT [ID: 434574] Jessica Striebel MacLean.

At the close of the 18th century, a planter’s dwelling overlooking the Caribbean Sea on the northwest coast of Montserrat was destroyed by fire, and never reoccupied. Archaeological excavations yielded an intimate portrait of the domesticity of British Empire materialized in fragments of everyday life. Ownership of Little Bay Plantation transferred through three generations of unmarried male relations, one of who inhabited the dwelling at its burning. As a white Montserratian-born colonial, or...

Nervousnous and Negotiation on a Plantation Landscape (2013)

Citation DOCUMENT [ID: 428531] Megan M. Bailey.

This research focuses on a late eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century plantation site, L’Hermitage, in order to investigate how a "nervous landscape" can be read through spatial organization, material culture, and interpersonal interactions.  I refer to Denis Byrne’s use of the phrase "nervous landscape" to explore how a landscape and its occupants can be literally and figuratively nervous when absolute power fails and a heterogeneity and multiplicity of power and identities are introduced....

[Not] Finding Vann’s Quarters: Landscape Dynamics and the Archaeology of the Subaltern on a 19th Century Cherokee Plantation (2016)

Citation DOCUMENT [ID: 405265] Travis Williams.

Historical archaeologists, to varying degrees, have long been interested in researching the lives of people from the past who left little (and about whom little was left) in the form of textual documentation. In North America and beyond, such interests most often take the form of archaeology of slavery and bondage. Unfortunately, the forces that conspired to prevent the voices of enslaved peoples from entering the historical record (i.e., colonialism, racialization, ethnocentrism, capitalism)...

Phase I Archaeological Survey at Waverly Mansion (18HO182), Marriottsville, Howard County, Maryland (1992)

Citation DOCUMENT [ID: 271356] Steven A. Gaber. Kathy Lee Erlandson.

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Project Archaeology in Florida: Teaching and Understanding Slavery at Kingsley Plantation (2016)

Citation DOCUMENT [ID: 434588] Sarah Miller. James Davidson. Emily Palmer.

The Florida Public Archaeology Network (FPAN) was established in 2005 and within a year hosted its first Project Archaeology workshop. As a proud sponsor of Project Archaeology in Florida, FPAN staff partnered with the National Park Service and University of Florida to publish the first Investigating Shelter investigation in the southeast. It was also the first in the Investigating Shelter series to feature a National Park site. Investigating a Tabby Slave Cabin teacher guide and student...

Revisiting Josiah Henson's Role in Maryland History. (2016)

Citation DOCUMENT [ID: 434259] cassandra michaud.

Long overshadowed by and conflated with the fictional story of Uncle Tom's Cabin, the life of Josiah Henson is revisited at the location he was enslaved in suburban Maryland.  Archaeological research on the former plantation has uncovered traces of life on the farm and the 19th century landscape.  This work provides part of the framework for the design of a public museum to be built at the park, dedicated to Henson's life and slavery in Montgomery County.  This paper will discuss the ongoing...

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