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Building, Dwelling, Thinking: A social geography of a late 17th century plantation.

Author(s): Matthew D. Cochran

Year: 2016

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In 1712 Richard Jenkins devised his personal estate, located on the Patuxent River near Benedict, Maryland, to three orphans and a woman that he wasn’t married to. Valued at just over 96 pounds sterling, Richard Jenkins’ plantation, was excavated in 2013 by staff from the Ottery Group and the Maryland State Highway Administration. This paper details the archaeological investigation of the c.1680 through 1713 Jenkins plantation, and seeks to emplace the plantation within a multi-scalar narrative inspired by recent scholarly work in social geography. Specific topics to be addressed within this paper include: the geographical and material setting of a late 17th century plantation likely associated with commercial trade; the role of a small scale plantation in a developing 17th century social and commercial economy; and lastly, the role of the Patuxent trade within the broader English colonial economy.    

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Building, Dwelling, Thinking: A social geography of a late 17th century plantation.. Matthew D. Cochran. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Washington, D.C. 2016 ( tDAR id: 434292)


Temporal Keywords
17th Century

Spatial Coverage

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

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PaperId(s): 509

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