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Why BISC-2’s Brick Ballast May Have the Most Interesting  (Archaeological) Things to Say about Imperial Marginality

Author(s): Sean H Reid ; Stephen Lubkemann

Year: 2013

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In this paper we will analyze the documented ballast of the BISC-2 site focusing on three primary—and interlinked-- questions: 1-the archaeological evidence that this was a case of ballast as cargo; 2-the mounting empirical evidence that suggests that these bricks may be "ladrillos" –a form manufactured in Spanish (rather than British)North America; 3-and the potential implications of finding this type of likely less documented  cargo on a ship that was clearly carrying a large cargo of English ceramics and that foundered in a border area contested between two imperial powers inclusively through exclusionary commercial policies and prohibitions on the trade of their subjects with each other.  The contrast between this secondary (and possibly illicit) cargo and the more obvious ceramic trade goods of English origin provides insight into colonial-era dynamics at the North American periphery of empire just prior to the American Revolutionary war.

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Why BISC-2’s Brick Ballast May Have the Most Interesting  (Archaeological) Things to Say about Imperial Marginality. Sean H Reid, Stephen Lubkemann. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Leicester, England, U.K. 2013 ( tDAR id: 428689)


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

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PaperId(s): 549

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