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Excavating Emotion on a Maryland Plantation

Author(s): Megan M. Bailey

Year: 2016

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Due to their ephemeral, intangible nature, affect and emotion are difficult to capture and interpret from the archaeological record. However, to be human, feel emotion, and interact with one’s environment is a common experience that connects people across space and time; therefore, presenting affect and emotion is a powerful means of connecting people to the past. This paper uses a 18th-19th c. plantation context to explore the importance of sense perception, materiality, and the landscape to archaeological interpretations, and considers archaeology’s potential for dealing with the human sensory experience in order to grasp a richer understanding of the past. 

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Excavating Emotion on a Maryland Plantation. Megan M. Bailey. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Washington, D.C. 2016 ( tDAR id: 434742)


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

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