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Chronological Evidence of Material and Landscape Changes Associated with a Shift in Colonial Control at the Morne Patate Plantation, Dominica

Author(s): Alan Armstrong

Year: 2017

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Morne Patate Plantation in southern Dominica (occupied between the 1740s and 1950s) provides us with an opportunity to examine a setting that underwent major changes in social organization and economic engagements associated with the shift in colonial control of the island from the French to the British in 1763. This paper presents an overview of the chronology of the archaeological contexts at the site and changes in settlement organization. This material record provides evidence for discrete phases of occupation which can be tracked through the changes in the altered landscape and the footprint of the plantation. This study examines changes in chronologically sensitive ceramic assemblages that correlate with modifications in the landscape, and changes in buildings constructed at the site. Morne Patate has two main phases of occupation with distinct patterns of material culture and use of space. This change in settlement organization paired with the site chronology provides an important archaeological context to observe different uses of materials and varying domestic production strategies that occur in separate phases of the plantations occupation.


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Chronological Evidence of Material and Landscape Changes Associated with a Shift in Colonial Control at the Morne Patate Plantation, Dominica. Alan Armstrong. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 431075)


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Caribbean


Spatial Coverage

min long: -90.747; min lat: 3.25 ; max long: -48.999; max lat: 27.683 ;

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Abstract Id(s): 16826

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