Identifying "Missing" Slave Cabins On Low Country Georgia Plantations

Author(s): Nicholas Honerkamp

Year: 2016


Historical archaeologists are familiar with the tensions that exist between documentary, oral history, and archaeological data. On many coastal Georgia plantations, a clear expression of such tension is seen in the documented presence of large slave populations that lived and worked on plantations and the typically miniscule  number of cabins in which the slaves presumably resided, as indicated by historic maps or from in situ structural remains. Typically this dramatic discrepancy is simply ignored, and a minimalist cabin frequency is assumed, no matter the demographic and temporal conundrums this approach entails. Enslaved families had to live somewhere though time and space. This paper offers suggestions about where their elusive cabins may be located, and how they can be identified by archaeologists.

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Identifying "Missing" Slave Cabins On Low Country Georgia Plantations. Nicholas Honerkamp. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Washington, D.C. 2016 ( tDAR id: 434285)


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min long: -129.199; min lat: 24.495 ; max long: -66.973; max lat: 49.359 ;

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Contact(s): Society for Historical Archaeology

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PaperId(s): 803