Seeding Colonialism; European trade Beads within Native American Contexts

Author(s): Charlotte Goudge

Year: 2017



The typological and scientific study of trade beads in Native American contexts has contributed a great deal to understanding contact period sites (ca. 1607–1783). The Cape Creek site, NC is a perfect example of British-indigenous connectivity in the contact period and is important for understanding interaction in the Southeast. Unlike other studies of this type that mostly focus on mortuary sites, Cape Creek is a village settlement and will therefore provide a different view of day-to-day bead usage in a domestic context. This paper will discuss the change of field methodologies that allowed for increased detection of beads within the complicated strata of Cape Creek, and will also apply previous methodologies to analyse the beads and discuss possibilities for dating and sourcing.

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Seeding Colonialism; European trade Beads within Native American Contexts. Charlotte Goudge. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Fort Worth, TX. 2017 ( tDAR id: 435466)

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Temporal Keywords
American Contact Period

Spatial Coverage

min long: -8.158; min lat: 49.955 ; max long: 1.749; max lat: 60.722 ;

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Contact(s): Society for Historical Archaeology

Record Identifiers

PaperId(s): 489