Transformation of Native Populations in Seventeenth Century Carolina: Exploring Stylistic Changes in Ashley Series Pottery
Ashley series pottery archaeologically defines the Indians who lived around Charleston Harbor when the first English settlers arrived in Carolina. Recent excavations and analyses demonstrate a rapid stylistic change in decorative motifs by the mid-seventeenth century, with at least two sub-phases represented in samples from two principal sites; samples from additional sites provide corroborative information and temporal associations into the early eighteenth century. Do these changing motifs reflect efforts by the Native populations to maintain their identities within a rapidly changing social situation tied to ever-expanding European settlement and trade, the political competition between England and Spain, and the competition and interactions among competing Native groups? How do these changes reflect the transformation of the social landscape and social fabric of the Natives around Charleston Harbor, who were so vital to the success of the nascent English colony, as they began to interact in the broader Atlantic World?
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Transformation of Native Populations in Seventeenth Century Carolina: Exploring Stylistic Changes in Ashley Series Pottery. Eric C. Poplin, Jon Marcoux. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Leicester, England, U.K. 2013 ( tDAR id: 428514)
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