The Value of Colonialism as a Model for Anglo-Caribbean Material Practices at Emancipation

Author(s): Sean Devlin

Year: 2016


Archaeologies of colonialism have presented models that draw out the complex political interactions of meaning making via material practices that take place at the intersection of daily lives between populations of colonized and the colonizer. Traditional approaches to the archaeology of slavery within the Anglo-Caribbean have tended to transpose these categories onto enslaved Africans and white settlers. The result is a tendency to emphasis meaning making through material in terms of disciplinary, imposed by whites, or resistive, traditional African, practices. This project seeks to problematize this classification, by exploring the socio-political dynamic that occurred within these societies in the decades leading to Emancipation in the late eighteen and early nineteenth centuries. Rather than resorting to a bifurcated model, this project attempts to draw out multiple arrangements of identities between the interests and identities of the planters, the enslaved, and metropolitans represented by missionaries. This more complex model suggests alternate meanings for materials traditionally associated with disciplinary practices using initial evidence derived from a village site associated with a Barbadian sugar estate.

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The Value of Colonialism as a Model for Anglo-Caribbean Material Practices at Emancipation. Sean Devlin. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Orlando, Florida. 2016 ( tDAR id: 404056)


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