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Marked on the Landscape: The African American Experience at Clover Bottom Plantation

Author(s): Noel Harris

Year: 2016

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This paper presents a study of Clover Bottom’s extant outbuildings and historic dwellings in relation to excavated artifact concentrations and architectural features in order to expand our understanding of the plantation landscape from the perspective of its African American majority. Vernacular architectural research presents clues to dates of construction and shifting building functions over time. Informed by primary descriptions of the property, the study of spatial relationships and lines of sight among standing outbuildings and archaeological evidence may reveal activity areas and communal gathering spaces within the plantation’s landscape which reflect opportunities for surveillance or privacy, leisure, and community resistance to slaveholders and overseers.

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Marked on the Landscape: The African American Experience at Clover Bottom Plantation. Noel Harris. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Washington, D.C. 2016 ( tDAR id: 434928)


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

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PaperId(s): 924

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