Gullah-Geechee Landscapes on Ossabaw Island, Georgia


The North End Plantation on Ossabaw Island, Georgia (9CH1062) has been almost continually occupied since the 1760s. Although a large number of enslaved Africans (later Gullah-Geechee) resided there, the remains of three tabby duplexes are the only substantial remains associated with them. This paper summarizes the results of two field seasons of landscape reconstruction that were aimed at identifying the locations of additional non-tabby cabins, historic plantation roadways, and adjacent yard areas associated with the cabins. In conjunction with historic aerial photographs, domestic and architectural artifacts recovered from an extensive systematic survey were used to generate heat maps that bound the Gullah-Geechee occupations at the site over time. The application of this approach at other coastal plantation sites is also presented.

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Gullah-Geechee Landscapes on Ossabaw Island, Georgia. Nicholas Honerkamp, Meredith Gilligan, Taylor Maxie. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Leicester, England, U.K. 2013 ( tDAR id: 428535)


Spatial Coverage

min long: -129.199; min lat: 24.495 ; max long: -66.973; max lat: 49.359 ;

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Contact(s): Society for Historical Archaeology

Record Identifiers

PaperId(s): 698