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Colonoware as Cottage Industry: Household Production and the Internal Economy at Dean Hall Plantation, South Carolina

Author(s): Nicole Isenbarger

Year: 2016

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Summary

Research into the slave settlement at Dean Hall Plantation uncovered substantial evidence for the on-site production of Colonoware. Archaeology of household production and the anthropology of households provide us with frameworks for investigating the individual strategies of different homes as they engaged in the internal economy. Each household was a productive unit and their ability to produce their own wares affected their needs, access, and exchange within local markets. Identifying the different economic strategies employed in these enslaved African households allows me to ask questions concerning how the family units spent their profits. Unlike typical Colonoware studies that focus on core West African elements of the pottery itself (i.e. religion, medicine, African foodways) I focus on how it was made, who was involved, and how Colonoware fits in with the site’s entire material assemblage; Colonoware is not studied in isolation. A better incorporation of Colonowares within household assemblages highlights similarities and differences between households at Dean Hall providing a richer interpretation of how the enslaved worked to both support themselves and maintain a strong community.


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Colonoware as Cottage Industry: Household Production and the Internal Economy at Dean Hall Plantation, South Carolina. Nicole Isenbarger. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Orlando, Florida. 2016 ( tDAR id: 403790)


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min long: -91.274; min lat: 24.847 ; max long: -72.642; max lat: 36.386 ;

Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America