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37 Pounds of Beads!: Reconstructing Provenience and Looking for Change and Continuity in an Orphaned Collection (2017)

Citation DOCUMENT [ID: 435468] Melanie S Lerman.

This paper aims to understand processes of change and continuity by examining how the introduction of European manufactured glass beads in the 16th-19th centuries affected preexisting native shell bead consumption strategies in Southern California. Data from two different coastal burial sites that were occupied by the Tongva/Gabrieliño people will be analyzed; one from an 1877 excavation on Santa Catalina Island that has virtually no provenience information, and another from more recent...

The Age of Consumption: A Study of Consumer (and Producer) Behavior and the Household (2013)

Citation DOCUMENT [ID: 428509] Stephen Damm.

Historical archaeologists have long noted the importance of consumer behavior, especially in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. However, archaeological interpretations of consumer behavior tend to focus narrowly on race or status. While anthropologists have often emphasized the importance of factors such as the household's age structure, lifecycle, and kin relationships within the context of the wider community, archaeologists have paid less attention to these factors. Using data from the...

An Analysis of Calluna Hill (59-73): Pequot Cultural Entanglement and Complex Consumption During the Pequot War (2017)

Citation DOCUMENT [ID: 431354] William Farley.

This paper includes an overview of the Calluna Hill site (59-73) in Mystic, Connecticut, a 1637 Pequot village burned down immediately after the English siege of Mystic Fort. The site offers the opportunity to explore important methodological and theoretical questions. Here I focus on the village as the location of intense intercultural exchange and cultural entanglement. Calluna Hill offers insights into the complex ways that the Pequot consumed European-made goods and participated in...

Asian Export Porcelain at the New York City Archaeological Repository (2016)

Citation DOCUMENT [ID: 434632] Sarah Kautz.

This paper explores how a detailed analysis of Asian export porcelain at the New York City Archaeological Repository may enrich our understanding of the city's archaeology.  For example, dates based on stylistic and technical characteristics of Asian export porcelain may refine the dating of archaeological contexts based on other lines of evidence.  New York City's development as a global entrepot may also be further elucidated by identifying and comparing the points of origin and maritime...

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...

Blurred Boundaries: Internal and Illicit Plantation Economies (2015)

Citation DOCUMENT [ID: 433851] Kevin Fogle.

Craft production, hired time, personal cotton plots, theft, and diverse trade networks created a patchwork of economic opportunities for several hundred slaves on Witherspoon Island, a 19th century cotton plantation in the Pee Dee region of South Carolina. This paper explores the impact of household and community involvement in a myriad of economic practices that were at times sanctioned, expressly forbidden, or tacitly accepted by the plantation management. When the archaeological and...

"A burden of one’s own choice is not felt": observing ceramic production technology, exchange and consumption in the Late Mycenaean Saronic Gulf. (2015)

Citation DOCUMENT [ID: 397062] William Gilstrap. Peter M. Day.

It is widely recognized that Mycenaean states varied in their structure and organisation, were linked to different types of crafting industries, a range of trade networks and a host of consumer preferences. The Saronic Gulf is a paradoxical space that physically separates Mycenaean geopolitical states/regions, while its waters facilitate the interregional movement of people, goods and ideas. The application of thin section petrography and INAA to observe the movement of pottery, the most...

Champagne and Angostura Bitters: Entertaining at a Galapagos Sugar Plantation, 1880-1904 (2016)

Citation DOCUMENT [ID: 434806] Ross W. Jamieson. Fernando Astudillo. Florencio Delgado. Peter Stahl.

From 1880 to 1904 Manuel J. Cobos ran the El Progreso Plantation in the highlands of San Cristóbal in the Galapagos Islands.  This operation focused on sugar, cattle, coffee, and fruit production, exploiting the labour of convicted prisoners and indentured peons from mainland Ecuador.  Excavation of the household midden in 2014 and 2015 demonstrates that Cobos imported a variety of goods that tied this remote location in Pacific South America to a global supply chain of luxury consumer products...

Chitons and Clams, Cash and Carry: an archaeological exploration of the impact of enslaved children’s foraging strategies on 18th-century enslaved households in Jamaica (2016)

Citation DOCUMENT [ID: 404202] Jillian Galle.

Attempts at understanding the economic and social strategies used by enslaved people in the early modern Atlantic World require sophisticated models of human interaction, models that allow archaeologists to precisely investigate the complex behavioral strategies that underlie artifact patterns. Here Optimal Foraging Theory provides the framework for identifying the fishing and foraging activities of enslaved children and adults laboring at the Stewart Castle Estate, an 18th-century Jamaican...

Class, Ethnicity, and Ceramic Consumption in a Boston Tenement (2015)

Citation DOCUMENT [ID: 434005] Andrew J. Webster.

In the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, Boston’s North End became home to thousands of European immigrants, mostly from Ireland and Italy. The majority of these immigrant families lived in crowded tenement apartments and earned their wages from low-paying jobs such as manual laborers or store clerks. The Ebenezer Clough House, which was originally built as a single-family colonial home in the early eighteenth century, was repurposed as a tenement in the nineteenth century, becoming...

Colonialism and Cuisine: Change and Continuity in Soapstone Consumption during the Contact Period in Alta, California (2017)

Citation DOCUMENT [ID: 429549] Kaitlin Brown.

This paper investigates the processes of colonialism and identity politics in the Santa Barbara Channel region through the lens of consumption. The establishment of colonial institutions became entangled with pre-existing indigenous industries, thus creating change and continuity in a variety of practices. Here, I focus on soapstone vessels as they were utilized for cooking and storing foods before, during, and after the mission period. A drastic shift in the morphological characteristics of...

Community Formation, Consumption, and Gender at Camp Nelson’s ‘Home for Colored Refugees’ (2013)

Citation DOCUMENT [ID: 428370] W. Stephen McBride. Kim A. McBride.

Following the tragic expulsion of four hundred African-American women and children from Camp Nelson, KY in November 1864, of which 102 died, these refugees were allowed to return and the ‘Home for Colored Refugees’ was constructed.  This expulsion also led to the emancipation of these refugees by the Congressional Act of March 3, 1865.  By the summer of 1865 this ‘Home’ housed over 3000 former slaves who lived in a variety of housing, including duplex cottages, tents, dormitories, and home-made...

Connected through Things: Connectivity in Iron Age Mallorca (2017)

Citation DOCUMENT [ID: 431746] Jacob Deppen.

This presentation examines connectivity in the Late Iron Age on the island of Mallorca. While most case studies of connectivity in the western Mediterranean involve the movement of people and/or the construction of new settlements by non-local people, there is little evidence that this occurred in Mallorca. However, there is still abundant evidence that indigenous Iron Age Mallorcans were increasingly connected to the broader Mediterranean and that non-local goods were being consumed throughout...

Consumerism As A Strategy For Negotiating Racism: A Comparative Study Of African Americans In Jim Crow Era Annapolis, MD (2015)

Citation DOCUMENT [ID: 434028] Kathryn H Deeley.

Archaeologists have studied many different ways in which African Americans coped with the racist structures of the late 19th and early 20th centuries in America. One way in which this was done was through consumer choice as part of the capitalist market used to create African American consumer aesthetics. With this understanding, archaeologists can study how commodities were used to express internally imposed classes within the African American community. In this paper, the archaeological...

Consumerism on the Margins: Shop Ledgers and Materialized Social Status in Coastal Co. Galway, Ireland. (2016)

Citation DOCUMENT [ID: 434557] Meredith S Chesson. Sara Morrow. Erin Gibbons.

In contrast to the marginality ascribed to Western Ireland during the 19th and 20th centuries, islanders’ and coastal mainlanders’ participated in transnational trade networks expressed through everyday material decision-making, seasonal and intermittent international interactions, and ideologies of social status. Historically, coastal communities in Western Ireland have been characterized as marginalized and geographically isolated from participation in mainstream consumerism and national and...

Consuming in Empire: The Materiality of Household Consumption at Postclassic and Colonial Xaltocan, Mexico (2015)

Citation DOCUMENT [ID: 397203] Lisa Overholtzer.

Consumption, as Paul Mullins explains, "revolves around the acquisition of things to confirm, display, accent, mask, and imagine who we are and who we wish to be." Consumer choices of goods in the marketplace relate to the desire to connect oneself with particular networks of people and places on the landscape, and these connections play a role in the formation of personal and household identity. Here, I present research on the social dimensions inherent in economic practices, which are notably...

Consuming the French New World (2017)

Citation DOCUMENT [ID: 435427] Elizabeth M Scott.

All of France’s New World colonies were based on relationships with particular geographies, according to the products and resources wanted by the Crown, which may be thought of as the ultimate "consumer" of French colonial landscapes.  Colonists and French descendant communities engaged with these different landscapes for both commercial and family subsistence purposes.  Obtaining, producing, and moving such resources as furs, wheat and flour, hams, bear oil, salt, and sugar required a variety...

Consumption Patterns of a Pre-World War II-Era Japanese American Community on Terminal Island (2017)

Citation DOCUMENT [ID: 431924] Erica Nicolay.

Transmigration and diaspora are topics which archaeologists have recently begun contributing to in more detail (Lilley 2004, Ross 2010; Ross 2011). These concepts assert the fact that cultural interchange exists when immigrant or migrant communities settle in new lands, and rejects the idea of homogenization, accultraltion, or complete resistance and can be addressed in archaeology via consumption. Consumption patterns, though seemingly unimportatnt, have the ability to shed light on almost...

Consumption, Survival, and Personhood in Native North America (2013)

Citation DOCUMENT [ID: 428354] Craig N. Cipolla.

For many decades, archaeologists treated European-manufactured material culture recovered from Native American sites as straightforward indicators of cultural loss. Contemporary Native American historical archaeologies take a different tack, placing patterns of consumption on center stage. Rather than typifying European-manufactured material culture as a reflection (or a juggernaut) of cultural change in Native North America, these new approaches use such assemblages to address the nuances of...

Economic Insights from the Archaeology in the High Hollows (1984)

Citation DOCUMENT [ID: 163525] John McDaniel. Randall Ray.

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Examining Class, Ethnicity, and Gender in Nineteenth-Century New York City through Patent Medicines (2016)

Citation DOCUMENT [ID: 434546] Meredith Linn.

Patent medicines were immensely popular in the 19th century. They promised astounding cures, were unregulated and relatively inexpensive, and permitted individuals to self-medicate without an interfering physician.  Archaeologists have often begun their interpretations of these curious commodities with the premises that they were lesser quality alternatives to physicians’ prescriptions and thus more appealing to poorer alienated groups (who  used them passively as advertised) than to the...

Exotic consumption: the character and changes in significance of Chinese porcelain used in 18th-century Copenhagen. (2013)

Citation DOCUMENT [ID: 428239] Rikke Søndergaard Kristensen.

The Danish Asiatic Company was founded in Copenhagen in 1732. Direct trade with China was now possible and Copenhageners gained easier access to exotic goods. The Copenhageners could now see themselves as part of a globalized network of metropoles.  In their daily life, Copenhageners were able to express familiarity with other cultures and thus express a new kind of knowledge and status. How broadly did this fascination with exotic cultures extend within the population? New investigations...

Globalizing Poverty:  The Materiality of International Inequality and Marginalization (2013)

Citation DOCUMENT [ID: 428347] Paul R. Mullins. Timo Ylimaunu.

North American historical archaeology has long focused on poverty and consumer marginalization, but models of impoverishment and inequality constructed to address a distinct range of US contexts are not always useful in international contexts.  A wave of recent archaeological scholarship has focused on the materiality of poverty, and an examination of impoverishment is productively complicated by international research comparisons.  This paper examines case studies from African America, British...

Heavy Metal: The Arrival of English Lead Glass in the Chesapeake (2013)

Citation DOCUMENT [ID: 428434] Esther Rimer.

Almost immediately after the perfection of English lead glass in 1676, lead glass appeared on the tables of British colonists, including Chesapeake settlers. The durability and beauty of English lead glass made it a consumer amenity that became a regular sight in upper and middle-class homes and taverns throughout the 18th-century Atlantic World. This paper will compare evidence of lead glass found at pre-1700 and early 18th-century plantations between Maryland and the James River to assess...

Imagining Conformity: Consumption and Sameness in the Postwar African American Suburbs (2015)

Citation DOCUMENT [ID: 433739] Paul R. Mullins. Timo Ylimaunu.

In the wake of World War II many Americans settled in suburbs that have been persistently derided for their apparent social, material, and class homogeneity. This paper examines the African American experience of post-World War II suburbanization and the attractions of suburban life for African America. The paper examines an Indianapolis, Indiana subdivision that placed consumption at the heart of postwar citizenship. Rather than frame such suburban materiality simply as resistance to anti-Black...

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