Fitting Overseers Into The Plantation Picture: Spatial Analysis At The Oval Site
Studies of plantation landscapes often focus either on the siting of mansions, quarters, and other structures across the plantation at a large scale by the owner, or attempts by the enslaved to exert control over the small-scale spaces of their own houses and yards. This paper adds to the consideration of how examining and comparing small-scale landscapes can contribute to a discussion of the creation and negotiation of intermingled racial and class-based boundaries within plantation contexts. Through a fine-grained spatial analysis of features, artifacts, and soil chemistry distributions, we reconstruct the micro-landscape of the Oval Site, a mid-eighteenth-century overseer's complex at Stratford Hall Plantation in Westmoreland County, Virginia. Through historical context and comparison with similar sites, our interpretation of the Oval Site leads to a greater than expected degree of socio-economic variation and mobility within the often narrowly conceived role of an overseer.
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- Society for Historical Archaeology 2015 •
- "The task of making improvements on the earth:" Perspectives on plantation landscape archaeology.
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Fitting Overseers Into The Plantation Picture: Spatial Analysis At The Oval Site. Douglas W. Sanford, Andrew P. Wilkins. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Seattle, Washington. 2015 ( tDAR id: 433708)
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