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Meaningful Choices: An Archaeology of Selective Engagement on the 19th Century Irish Coast

Author(s): Meagan K Conway

Year: 2016

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This research explores the nature of marginality on the periphery of the British Empire.  The edges of empires are shifting, culturally-negotiated borders with the capacity to disclose important information about social networks and cultural change.  Households in these places are subject to transnational processes and make choices which demonstrate the presence and connections with broader global networks of economic and social access.  This project focuses on the ramifications of national agendas through adjusted and altered processes on the local scale.  It draws on material culture and architectural remains of several 18th and 19th century households on two islands, Inishark and Inishbofin, off the western Irish coast in order to understand this selective engagement in transnational systems and the specific reactions to prescribed rules and regulations generated from the imperial epicenter.  The archaeological remains reflect these selections and degree of dedication to national ideologies and reflect shrewd and discerning decision-making processes.

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Meaningful Choices: An Archaeology of Selective Engagement on the 19th Century Irish Coast. Meagan K Conway. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Washington, D.C. 2016 ( tDAR id: 434554)


Temporal Keywords
18th-19th 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): 713

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