Us and Them: Immigration and Identity

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  • 1,000 Bottles of Wine in the Ground, 1,000 Bottles of Wine: The Preservation of early 20th century Italian Heritage at the John Bradford House (2013)
    DOCUMENT Citation Only Sara E. Belkin.

    In 1919, the production of intoxicating beverages was legally prohibited in the United States. However, excavations in the 1970s at the John Bradford House in Kingston, MA indicate that its inhabitants at the turn-of-the-century were consuming large quantities of wine, champagne, and hard liquor. These bottles were consumed and then discarded at a time when the consumption of alcohol was considered immoral by the American middle class. This paper will explore the meaning behind the presence of...

  • Bodies Lying in State: Nationalism, the Past, and Identity  (2013)
    DOCUMENT Citation Only Margaret A Comer.

    In the twenty-first century, nationalism continues to be a powerful motivating ideology in global, national, and local politics.  In the hope of overtly and covertly strengthening cohesive nationalist sentiment and identity, individual states often use the very bodies of past peoples as symbols and ideological tools. This is evidenced in the differing display (or lack thereof) of human remains in the national museums of Denmark, Egypt, and the United States.  In each case, the identification of...

  • Burial and Remembrance: The Milwaukee County Poor Farm Cemetery (2013)
    DOCUMENT Citation Only Patricia B. Richards. Brooke L. Drew.

    Fieldwork in 1992 and 1993 on the grounds of the Milwaukee County Regional Medical Center, Milwaukee Wisconsin, resulted in recovery of some 1600 individuals originally buried in the institutional or "poor farm" cemetery. This paper argues that the conflict inherent in a public policy intended to provide a decent burial while simultaneously discouraging utilization of the service can only be understood within a broader historical context. Milwaukee’s population increased from 20,000 in 1850 to...

  • Global Capitalism Is Modern Colonialism  (2013)
    DOCUMENT Citation Only Justin E. Uehlein.

    Colonialism has long been a focus of research within the field of Historical Archaeology. Recently, archaeological understanding of colonialism has become more complex and realistic as researchers have included issues centering on consumerism, the articulations of colonialist processes with capitalism, and colonialism’s role in globalization processes. However, much Historical Archaeological scholarship has implicitly or explicitly recognized colonialism as an arterial process within the larger...

  • The Globalized World of a French Canadian in Spanish and Indian Territory:  The Life of Louis Blanchette, Founder of St. Charles, Missouri.  (2013)
    DOCUMENT Citation Only Steve Dasovich.

    Louis Blanchette was driven from his home by the British during the French and Indian War.  He settled in Spanish territory (now the state of Missouri) where the predominant languages were French along with multiple Indian languages.  He married an Indian woman, bought British goods, and, as Civil Commandant, reported to a Spanish Lieutenant Governor.  Through historical research and archaeological investigation of his homestead site in St. Charles, Missouri, we can show the public how...

  • Iranian Mediarchaeology: Cyrus the Great vs. the Global Stage (2013)
    DOCUMENT Citation Only Nathalie Choubineh.

    Waves of Iranian emigration after 1979 have left many forcibly exiled people seeking refuge in the historical and archaeological evidence of Cyrus' Persian Empire, redefining their national identity and regaining a more reliable, even reputable, position than that of asylum seekers and refugees in world opinion. The present article is an attempt to make an assessment of this process through investigating its prominent manifestations in Iranian media products 'out of site' as material culture....

  • "It is promised to them:" Loyalist Refugees’ Adaptation in the Exumas Cays, Bahamas (1784–1810) (2013)
    DOCUMENT Citation Only Douglas Pippin.

    The stone foundation ruins on Warderick Wells––an island in the Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park, Bahamas––have long been associated with refugee American Loyalists in the Bahamas after the American Revolution. Local oral tradition maintains that the Davis family occupied the property in the last quarter of the 18th century. Little historical evidence remains, however, to confirm the family association or the site’s connection to the Loyalists. The Exuma Cays were among several locations in the...

  • Missions at the Margin: excavating the London Missionary Society in Botswana (2013)
    DOCUMENT Citation Only Ceri Z Ashley.

    The activities of the London Missionary Society (LMS) in Botswana are widely known thanks to the popular writings and high profiles of pioneers such as John Moffat and David Livingstone. The role of archaeology within such discourse may thus appear redundant. However, as widely recognised within the discipline, the scope and scale of archaeology, and in particular its focus on the mundane and everyday, has the potential to add a new dimension to our historical understanding of early Missions in...

  • The Role of Landscape in Power Dynamics of the Past: An Example from Eighteenth-Century Piedmont Virginia (2013)
    DOCUMENT Citation Only Crystal L. Ptacek.

    The neighborhood surrounding historic Indian Camp plantation located in Virginia’s eastern piedmont helps provide an interpretation about past identity formation and power dynamics. Using public records and ArcGIS, I locate this historical community to explore networks in which these individuals were involved. Historic land patents surrounding the Indian Camp property were given a spatial quality, and based on resulting maps, research has identified a dynamic community. Through the 1720s and...