"Totus mundus agit histrionem": Global and Trans-National Historical Archaeologies

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  • Alone in the Deep Blue Sea: A comparison of Indonesian Colonial Period nutmeg plantations and New World plantations (2015)
    DOCUMENT Citation Only Amy Jordan.

    Plantations on the nutmeg-bearing Banda Islands are contemporaneous with early North American plantations and are an excellent place to investigate cross-cultural responses to colonialism. The Banda Islands were the world’s sole source of nutmeg in the 16th century and control over this spice was a major goal for European powers during the Age of Expansion. Consequently, the Banda Islands were the location of early experiments in colonialism by European powers and can provide information for...

  • Archaeological Perspectives on Atlantic World Historic Preservation (2015)
    DOCUMENT Citation Only R. Grant Gilmore III.

    Cultural, social, economic and geographic issues facing historic preservation practitioners across theAtlantic World will be explored in this talk. Special emphasis will be placed on those working in the Caribbean, Central/South America, West Africa and Europe where boundaries are sometimes irrelevant and being on the periphery is significant.  Local/indigenous experiences and observations regarding valuing the historic past will be critically addressed.  Participants will also gain insights...

  • Entangled at the World's Edge: European Relations with the Aru Islands, Eastern Indonesia, during the Colonial Period (2015)
    DOCUMENT Citation Only Joss R. Whittaker.

    The Aru Islands of the Maluku region in eastern Indonesia have received little attention from historical archaeologists. However, Aruese people and products played a significant role in Maluku before and after European contact. Aruese trade in staples and luxuries often intersected with much larger, better-known trade networks. Each of these larger networks has left a mark on Aruese culture. In this paper, an archaeological survey and an examination of Aru’s post-contact history reveal important...

  • From Beaver Pelt to Hatters' Felt: The Use and Impact of Canadian Beaver on Britain (2015)
    DOCUMENT Citation Only Michael C Bumsted.

    Historians and archaeologists in North America have expended much energy studying the fur trade.  The role which beaver played in this is especially well discussed, and the importance that it had to European expansion into the North American interior has been thoroughly examined.  The same cannot be said for what happened to the goods Europeans acquired once they took them back to Europe.  Beaver, and the other Hudson’s Bay Company imports, had social and economic impacts on the British end of...

  • An Iberian Smuggler and His Ill-Fated Ship: 2013-2014 Field Surveys for the Navio of Pedro Díaz Carlos (2015)
    DOCUMENT Citation Only George Schwarz.

    In March of 1608, Captain Pedro Díaz Carlos and crew were returning to Spain from a round trip South American voyage. His small vessel was loaded with sugar and other goods when it was shipwrecked at the southernmost tip of Portugal while crewmembers attempted to unload contraband. Possibly a patacho or small caravela, Carlos’s ship represents a light class of vessels used for both trans-Atlantic voyaging and coastal work for which we have scant archaeological evidence. In addition to...

  • Material Culture Studies in a Transatlantic Perspective: How to Define an Adequate Theoretical Framework? (2015)
    DOCUMENT Citation Only Agnès P. Gelé.

    Since the beginnings of the discipline, the French archaeologists have superposed descriptive, analytical and interpretative stages to study the artifacts. The objects were first defined in a typo-chronological perspective, as dating element reflecting spatio-temporal evolutions. The processual perspective introduced by André Leroi-Gourhan had few impact on French historical archaeology, due to political and academic contexts. However, it allowed to see the artifacts in a consummation point of...

  • New Objects, Old Trade: 19th-and 20th-century European Ceramics and Glass in Al Ain, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (2015)
    DOCUMENT Citation Only Alasdair Brooks. Omar Al-Kaabi. Timothy Power. Peter Sheehan.

    Historical archaeology has often examined the role of material culture within the new and increasingly globalised trade networks brought about by European colonial and economic expansion in the post-1500 period. The 19th- and 20th-century European ceramics and glass recovered in the inland oasis city of Al Ain, in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, do not necessarily indicate that the arrival of new European material culture types are associated with the replacement or wholesale...

  • Redefining Urban Space: Velha Goa and the Construction of Its Outer Fortification Wall (2015)
    DOCUMENT Citation Only Brian C Wilson.

    This paper sheds new light on the construction at the end of the 16th century of one of the most impressive, albeit ultimately superfluous, fortification walls in southern Asia: the 22km long wall surrounding Velha Goa—the capital city of the Portuguese eastern empire. Through discussion of legal documents pertaining to rural and city life, I reveal how the Portuguese came to conceive of the city as a separate space requiring new mechanisms of governance different from the countryside. ...

  • Seadogs and Their Parrots: The Reality of Pretty Polly (2015)
    DOCUMENT Citation Only Megan C. Anderson.

                Public imagination was long ago ensnared by images of swashbuckling pirates and their winged sidekicks.  Exotic plumes illustrated by Howard Pyle and famous parrots such as Captain Flint have led to many misconceptions about the reality of avian pets on ships and their greater role in the seafaring community.  The transportation of parrots from exotic locales into western culture provides a unique opportunity to study the seamen involved in this exchange and lends insight into how...