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The BISC 2 Cargo (Part I)--Contributions and Questions from Ceramics Analysis: Late 18th Century Sequencing and Colonial Trade patterns

Author(s): Chuck Lawson ; Stephen Lubkemann ; David Morgan ; Justine Benanty ; Ken Wild ; Jaco Boshoff ; Sean Reid

Year: 2013

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The BISC-2 site uniquely contains thousands of fragments of late 18th century English ceramics dating from the period of transition from stone-glazed salt ware to cream ware, including hundreds of examples of both of these manufactured types that share decorative patterning. The fact that this assemblage (arguably one of the largest of late 18th century ceramics located to date in North America) was created through a wrecking event that occurred quite literally as a single instance in time offers a unique opportunity to use both distribution and comparative form analysis to test and recalibrate current accepted sequencing for these ceramics in the Americas—which could have broader implications for informing North American and Atlantic historical archaeology of the late 18th century. This paper presents an initial analysis of these ceramics cast against our ongoing archival work aimed at identifying the specific vessel that came to grief as BISC-2.


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The BISC 2 Cargo (Part I)--Contributions and Questions from Ceramics Analysis: Late 18th Century Sequencing and Colonial Trade patterns. Chuck Lawson, Stephen Lubkemann, David Morgan, Justine Benanty, Ken Wild, Jaco Boshoff, Sean Reid. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Leicester, England, U.K. 2013 ( tDAR id: 428692)


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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): 684

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