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There is plenty of time to win this game, and to thrash the Spaniards too: Deconstructing the Nationalist Histories of Plymouth, UK

Author(s): Sarah Newstead

Year: 2014

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During the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, Plymouth, UK, played host and stage to a number of people and events which form an important part of England’s national historical narrative. Popular discourse paints Plymouth as a place of legendary English explorers, merchants and naval captains: a fledging ground for the early ambitions of Nation and Empire. Hawkins, Drake, Frobisher, Gilbert and Raleigh all sailed, at various times, from Plymouth. The English fleet victualed in Plymouth before engaging with the Spanish Armada. This paper will explore how archaeological evidence can enrich and challenge the current historical discourse aiming to deconstruct the national ideologies which have influenced the presentation of Plymouth’’s history. The archaeological collections from Plymouth for this period are spectacular and unique. They have potential to yield information on the intricate experiences of the people who lived through what is now a significant period and place in the formation of the English national identity.


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There is plenty of time to win this game, and to thrash the Spaniards too: Deconstructing the Nationalist Histories of Plymouth, UK. Sarah Newstead. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. 2014 ( tDAR id: 436963)


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PaperId(s): SYM-42,02

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