Flat Ontologies, Identity and Space at Carolina Forts

Author(s): Charles R. Cobb

Year: 2016


English forts in the Carolina colony embody the ongoing struggle between the ambitions of imperial impositions and the aspirations of frontier autonomy. This tension is acutely reflected in the spatial organization of forts. Whereas colonial authorities sought to separate Europeans, Africans, and Native Americans through the formal segregation of the built environment, life on the frontier encouraged a fluidity in space and identity. The theoretical construct of flat ontologies can be used to explore how frontier forts were a catalyst for complex and emergent spatial relations that subverted hierarchical space. Archaeological data from early-eighteenth century forts on the Carolina frontier exemplify the connective processes of flat ontologies that blurred space and identity.

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Flat Ontologies, Identity and Space at Carolina Forts. Charles R. Cobb. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Washington, D.C. 2016 ( tDAR id: 434426)


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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): 230