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Summer Harvests, Winter Meals: Home Canning at the African American Community of Timbuctoo, NJ

Author(s): Christopher P. Barton

Year: 2015

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This paper focuses on the continuing work at the African American community of Timbuctoo in Westampton, New Jersey. While our initial guiding questions sought to uncover cultural retentions that could be retraced to West Africa, the realities of our archaeological work shifted our focus to a complex discourse on social and economic class. Specifically, this paper discusses the practice of home canning as a medium to resist and improvise against economic marginalization. Through this discussion, the seemingly mundane presence of items related to home canning at Timbuctoo has led us to some interesting and relevant interpretations for historical archaeology. Our interpretations of home canning at Timbuctoo are further contextualized into broader sociohistorical events and moments in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.


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Summer Harvests, Winter Meals: Home Canning at the African American Community of Timbuctoo, NJ. Christopher P. Barton. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Seattle, Washington. 2015 ( tDAR id: 434232)


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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): 486

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