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Life Among Ruins: Bermuda and Britain’s Imperial Debris

Author(s): Brent Fortenberry

Year: 2014

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Bermuda was settled in 1612 by the Virginia Company Colonists of England’s expanding colonial realm. While still a British Overseas Territory, Bermuda finds itself caught between its colonial past and its (post?) colonial present and future. From Royal Forts to Watch Houses, the vestiges of the British colonization still saturate its shores. Ironically it is primarily the remains of the historic colonial landscape that are the means and infrastructure for the island’s economic survival through tourism. It is in this uneasy climate that Bermudians still work through the anxieties of Imperial life; imported cultural practices and material culture are forms of resistance and provide a means for forming manifold identities all the while eschewing earlier colonial-dominated cultural forms. This paper will begin to explore this uneasy material landscape as Bermudians live in a fluid colonial environment with an uncertain post-colonial future.


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Life Among Ruins: Bermuda and Britain’s Imperial Debris. Brent Fortenberry. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. 2014 ( tDAR id: 436684)


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PaperId(s): SYM-12,09

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