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American Forts and Dakota Burial Mounds: Landscapes of Mourning and Dominion at the Boundaries of Colonialist Expansion (2015)

Citation DOCUMENT [ID: 433859] Sigrid Arnott. David Maki.

For hundreds of years, the Dakota landscaped natural liminal zones (high promontories above water) with burial earthworks. These sacred landscapes signaled boundaries between spiritual realms, the living and the dead, and local village domains. During the 19th century, the U.S. Government took ownership of the Dakota homelands in Minnesota and the Dakota Territory leading to violent conflict and decades of war. At the boundary of this conflict forts were built to "sweep the region now occupied...

American Samoa (1988)

Citation DOCUMENT [ID: 224617] Arnold H. Leibowitz.

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"And the Land Is Not Well Populated": The End of Prehistory on Pensacola Bay (2017)

Citation DOCUMENT [ID: 435667] Ramie Gougeon. Courtney Boren.

The sixteenth century was marked by Spanish expeditions that brought the prehistoric lifeways along Pensacola Bay to an end. Accounts from the 1559 Luna expedition indicate a meager population of Indian fishermen lived along the bay of Ochuse. Collectively, this and subsequent documentary evidence illustrates movements of people in and out of the region and hints at the dramatic cultural changes already underway. Interestingly, archaeological evidence supports the idea that the native...

Appendix B - Glass Bead Descriptions by Provenience (2015)

DATASET [ID: 398988] Heather Walder.

This is a sortable version of Appendix B of the dissertation. Data recorded in this table include a description of all glass beads and pendants used in the project, detailed provenience information for each artifact, and an assignment to a Kidd and Kidd bead typology category.

Appendix C - Glass Bead Compositional Data (2015)

DATASET [ID: 398989] Heather Walder.

This is the complete compositional dataset for glass beads and pendants analyzed in the project. The data are in an Excel spreadsheet which may be sorted and edited. If you are using these data for comparative purposed, please be sure to cite the dissertation. Major elements are reported in weight percent of oxides, minor elements in parts per million.

An Archaeological and Historical Inquiry of Andagua, Peru, 1000-1800AD (2015)

Citation DOCUMENT [ID: 398120] Alexander Menaker.

This paper outlines developing dissertation research that integrates archaeological and historical evidence about the community of Andagua and the Ayo Valley in the Southern Peruvian Andes. Constructed as a Spanish colonial reducción, Andagua resides in a seldom-visited highland area, and today is merely considered a rural, provincial neighbor of Arequipa. Andagua, however, has a striking past evident in the substantial prehispanic remains that surround and lie buried beneath the contemporary...

Archaeological Practice, Material Objects, and Social Memory (2016)

Citation DOCUMENT [ID: 434940] Stephen Silliman.

This paper attempts to circumvent the dichotomy of remembering/forgetting and instead focuses on the process of slimming down or building up social memory. Such an emphasis attends to the question of not whether something is remembered or forgotten, but the push-and-pull of how it is remembered: the details, valences, politics, pulses, and potency. It also considers archaeology – in its practices and in its objects – firmly within that collective and often national process, not separate from it....

Archaeology and the Changing Landscape of Community in a Colonial Capital; The Banjul Heritage Project (2015)

Citation DOCUMENT [ID: 433902] Sarah Platt. Liza Gijanto.

Banjul was founded in 1816 as part of the British efforts to block the slave trade on the Gambia River.  A planned urban center, the city developed around a series of neighborhoods designated as colonial, merchant, and African laborer spaces.  Amongst the most prominent settlers were the Aku from Sierra Leone and French traders from Goree who were instrumental in the growth of the colonial economy.  In preparation for the 200th anniversary of the city in 2016, the Banjul Heritage Project seeks...

The Archaeology of a Russian Period Alutiiq Work Camp on Kodiak Island, Alaska (2015)

Citation DOCUMENT [ID: 397577] Amy Margaris. Mark Rusk. Patrick Saltonstall. Molly Odell.

The site of Mikt’sqaq Angayuk (KOD-014) on eastern Kodiak Island provides an intimate view of Native Alutiiq responses to the colonial labor regime imposed by 19th century Russians in Alaska. Recent excavation of KOD-014 through the Alutiiq Museum’s Community Archaeology Program revealed a well-preserved Alutiiq style sod house and associated faunal midden dating to the 1830s. The midden was rich in cod remains, and the artifacts comprised mostly colonially-introduced products including metal...

An Archaeology of Belonging: A Theory and its Practice in a Colonial Situation (2013)

Citation DOCUMENT [ID: 428529] Melonie R Shier.

An archaeology of belonging explores a new and developing element in the field of archaeology; using elements of attachment to place with landscape identity as a theoretical tool to look at the colonial and diasporic expansion of non-Amerindian populations into the San Emigdio Hills, South Central California. Although the theme of belonging was recently discussed in the International Journal of Historical Archaeology (published 2012) and some archaeologists have worked with attachment to place...

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

Citation DOCUMENT [ID: 430780] 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...

Archaeology of Colonialism: the 17th Century Spanish Colony of Hoping Dao, Taiwan   (2013)

Citation DOCUMENT [ID: 428645] María Cruz Berrocal. Sandra Montón Subías. Susana Consuegra Rodríguez. Marc Gener Moret.

We will present an overview of our ongoing archaeological project on  Hoping Dao, Taiwan, where, according to the historical written sources, a Spanish colony was founded in 1626. Starting from the local scale, the excavation of the Spanish colonial posts and Taiwanese native settlements, we aim to understand the reasons, mechanisms and long-term consequences (local, regional and global) of the social interaction that gathered together Europeans, Taiwanese native people (themselves extremely...

The Archaeology of Community at Mission Santa Clara de Asís (2015)

Citation DOCUMENT [ID: 395502] Lee Panich. Sarah Peelo. Linda Hylkema.

In this paper, we examine the challenges associated with understanding indigenous community formation and change through the archaeology of the native ranchería at Mission Santa Clara de Asís. The mission’s indigenous population had well-documented and distinct temporal shifts, initially drawing local Ohlone converts but eventually extending recruitment to Yokuts groups in the more distant San Joaquin Valley and Sierra Nevada foothills. These population changes pose an intriguing archaeological...

The Archaeology of Playing Indian: Boy Scout Camps as Colonial Imaginaries (2016)

Citation DOCUMENT [ID: 434937] Craig N. Cipolla.

Over the last 20 years archaeologists have come to pay close attention to the complexities of indigenous agency, cultural continuity and change, and survivance in colonial contexts. In their focus on materiality and everyday life, in their use of multiple lines of evidence, and in their connections to contemporary indigenous communities, archaeologists have the ability to challenge colonial narratives. In contrast, the ways in which these narratives (e.g., notions of savagery, authenticity, and...

Being a Woman in Roman Gaul: Gendered Votive Offerings in a Colonial Context (2017)

Citation DOCUMENT [ID: 430175] Alena Wigodner.

The annexation of Gaul into the Roman Empire in the mid-first century BCE spurred the development of new religious practices in that region, including the practice of offering votive figurines at sanctuaries. Because each votive represents a personal decision on the part of the dedicant, analysis of votive assemblages provides unique insight into the demographics of worshippers and illuminates aspects of individual identity in this colonial context. Here, I present the results of a quantitative...

Between consumption and extermination: archaeologies of modern imperialism (2013)

Citation DOCUMENT [ID: 428461] Alfredo González-Ruibal.

In this introduction to the session, an outline of the existing and possible archaeologies of imperialism will be sketched. Emphasis will be put on the potential of archaeology to construct alternative narratives on Western colonialism from the mid-nineteenth century onwards. It will be argued that this kind of archaeology has to take into account violence (both physical and symbolic), but also forms of hybridization, war as well as trade and exchange, open and subtle resistance, and hegemonic...

Beyond Romanization and Colonialism: Roman Influences in Ireland (2016)

Citation DOCUMENT [ID: 404058] Erin Crowley.

Currently, models of colonial theory are being broken down with better understandings of fluid frontiers and more complex systems of culture contact. These new frameworks offer greater insights into how groups interact and provide us with a substantial platform on which to discuss nuanced exchange networks. With recent renewed interest in exchange during the Late Iron Age in the British Isles, there has been greater advanced scholarship in our understanding of interactions between Rome and...

The Bioarchaeology of Colonization and Missionization at San Bernabé, Lake Petén Itzá (2016)

Citation DOCUMENT [ID: 404148] Katherine Miller Wolf. Timothy Pugh.

The Spanish established the San Bernabé Mission in the heartland of the Itzá Maya area at Tayasal in the Petén Lakes region around 1710. Census data suggest that the mission was at the center of a multi-cultural community of 126 individuals in 1712, yet within three decades the population size had reduced by 70% potentially due to epidemics and flight. Excavations by the Tayasal Archaeological Project have recovered 46 individuals from 33 graves in the mission’s cemetery that shed light on what...

Bodies of Technology: Dress in Colonial Peru (2015)

Citation DOCUMENT [ID: 396404] Carrie Brezine.

The textiles of Magdalena de Cao Viejo provide an opportunity to study technological changes in one coastal Andean settlement between the late 16th and the early 18th century. As a colonial reducción, Magdalena was home to people of both Andean and Spanish descent. Among the more than 3,000 textile artifacts are examples of cloth woven with pre-Columbian methods and indigenous fibers, fabrics created on European-style floor looms, and examples which combine Andean and European techniques and...

Booms, Busts, and Changing (Anti)Market Engagement in Pacific piedmont Guatemala (2015)

Citation DOCUMENT [ID: 395182] Luisa Escobar. Guido Pezzarossi.

Located in the cacao-rich Pacific piedmont region of Guatemala, the colonial period Kaqchikel Maya community of San Pedro Aguacatepeque produced cacao for the Iximche Kaqchikel polity prior to colonization. With the 16th century global cacao boom that followed Spanish colonization, cacao producing communities in the region became critical sources of this increasingly desired regional and global exchange good. The bust of the global cacao market in the latter part of the century, coupled with...

Borderlands, Continuances and Violence: A Social Nexus at Black Star Canyon, San Juan Capistrano California (2015)

Citation DOCUMENT [ID: 396618] Nathan Acebo.

Post European contact the historicity of the Santa Ana Mountain landscape of Orange County, California has been popularly constructed around the narratives of bucolic mission and ranch life, and that of the "wild frontier". The interplay between both histories has contributed to a memorialization of the Santa Ana Mountains as a borderland space during the Spanish, Mexican and American colonial eras that deemphasizes indigenous social life. This paper seeks to complicate the historical concept of...

Bridging the Gaps: Integrating Archaeology and History in Oaxaca, Mexico (2015)

DOCUMENT [ID: 399127] Uploaded by: Chelsea Walter

Bridging the Gaps: Integrating Archaeology and History in Oaxaca, Mexico does just that: it bridges the gap between archaeology and history of the Precolumbian, Colonial, and Republican eras of the state of Oaxaca, Mexico, a cultural area encompassing several of the longest-enduring literate societies in the world. Fourteen case studies from an interdisciplinary group of archaeologists, anthropologists, ethnohistorians, and art historians consciously compare and contrast changes and...

Building Colonialism: Nineteenth-Century Colonial Tanzania and its Urban Representation (2013)

Citation DOCUMENT [ID: 428460] Daniel Rhodes.

Tanzania’s coastal harbour towns underwent phenomenally rapid transformation from the mid 1800s to the early 1900s. This was the result of British and German colonialism and the development of a new capitalist system of economic and social control. This new western design served to re-define the earlier systems of capitalist exchange within the formally Omani dominated Swahili Coast.  The various systems of appropriation and reorganisation are represented in the urban landscape and resulted in...

Caribbean Colonialism and Space Archaeology (2017)

Citation DOCUMENT [ID: 435135] John Chenoweth. Mark Salvatore. Laura Bossio.

The analysis of high-resolution satellite imagery to aid archaeological understanding, or "Space Archaeology" as it is sometimes called, presents a largely untapped set of methodologies for historical archaeological work.  This project makes use of Normalized Differential Vegetation Indexes (NDVI) calculated on high-resolution satellite images of the British Virgin Islands.  These data are combined with historic maps to analyze the different productive potentials of different plantations and...

Castles and Colonialism: Exploring Meaning in Historic Irish Archaeology (2016)

Citation DOCUMENT [ID: 404059] Jennifer Immich.

Castles, architecture embedded with colonial power, can be understood as communicating display, power, prestige, corruption, oppression in the periods in which they were constructed and used, only to see the meanings shifted, reemphasized, manipulated, and recreated in the modern period. This paper examines the multiple temporal and conceptual values of medieval castles in north County Tipperary, Ireland, as objects of material culture whose meaning has shifted in significance from the period in...

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