Using DAACS to Explore Embodied Identities: Potential Approaches

Author(s): J. Hope Smith

Year: 2015


DAACS has proven to be a valuable resource for quantitative studies that explore patterns across sites associated with slavery. However, its analytical potential is not limited to purely statistical applications that utilize abundant artifact types such as ceramics, because the rigorous, highly standardized cataloging protocol used in DAACS captures minute details of artifacts. This makes it a useful resource for the qualitative study of more variable artifacts, such as objects of personal adornment, which can be used to understand the embodied expression of identity within and across plantations. This paper will investigate the potential of DAACS for the study of embodied identity through personal adornment by exploring the possibilities presented by one case study: a mid-18th-century quarter in Piedmont Virginia called Mount Pleasant. This site will be compared with others in DAACS to highlight the potential of using this unique, collaborative catalog for qualitative analysis.

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Using DAACS to Explore Embodied Identities: Potential Approaches. J. Hope Smith. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Seattle, Washington. 2015 ( tDAR id: 433726)

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