Pushing the Boundary: The Game of Cricket in a Colonial Context.

Author(s): J. Eric Deetz

Year: 2016


By the early nineteenth century the game of cricket had gone through a major transformation.  In the eighteenth century it was it a game played mostly by the landed gentry with all of the associated drinking and gambling. By 1800 it had become a game played by common people and had come to represent a less decadent way of life as espoused by idea of Muscular Christianity.  The British took both the game and this ideology with them throughout their colonies.  This paper examines the physical and social landscape of Victorian era cricket in the context of colonial expansion and how cricket came to be synonymous with the Empire.  The archaeological evidence of sport is understandably scant.  To what extent, if at all, can a single artifact (in this case a cricketer’s belt buckle) represent the story of a place and time?

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Pushing the Boundary: The Game of Cricket in a Colonial Context.. J. Eric Deetz. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Washington, D.C. 2016 ( tDAR id: 434647)

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Temporal Keywords
Nineteenth 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): 8