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The Social Identity of the Crew Aboard an 18th Century Spanish Frigate

Author(s): Lisa Rankin

Year: 2014

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Qualitative and quantitative data comparison of the personal possession and ceramic assemblages of the shipwreck Nuestra Señora del Rosario y Santiago Ap’stol (Rosario) to the shipwreck El Nuevo Constante and Presidio Santa María de Galve provides information regarding the social identities of the sailors on the Rosario. Historical document research and comparative analysis of personal possessions from the Rosario demonstrate the performance of identities such as gender, ethnicity, occupation, social status, and Catholicism. The Shannon Weaver index and Peilou’s evenness indexes were utilized to derive information concerning the diversity of the ceramics at each shipwreck site and each activity area of the presidio. These indexes suggest that Spanish mariners aboard the Rosario and El Nuevo Constante utilized ceramics differently than did men at the presidio. The mariners relied more heavily on utilitarian ceramics, likely because living conditions at sea were different from and more confined than those of terrestrial presidios.

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The Social Identity of the Crew Aboard an 18th Century Spanish Frigate. Lisa Rankin. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. 2014 ( tDAR id: 436802)

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PaperId(s): SYM-25,06

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