Using Diversity in Native American Pottery Assemblages to Document Population Movements in the early Carolina Indian Trade: A Preliminary View from Charleston
Author(s): Jon Marcoux
Past research has outlined the profound effects of the Carolina Indian trade on the cultural landscape of the late seventeenth-century Southeast. This work has identified a number of historical processes (e.g., population movements, disease, endemic violence, and economic transformation) stemming from the interaction of southeastern Indian and European Colonial worlds that together defined the chaotic nature of the period. Our understanding of the Indian trade is much improved, but the crucial perspective offered by Colonial sites around Charleston is lacking. An example of this lacuna can be seen in documenting the presence of Indians in the region. While historic accounts detail movements of Southeastern Indians to the Charleston area as trading partners and enslaved captives, archaeological evidence has been lacking or has gone unrecognized.In this paper, I address this deficit by analyzing diversity in the Indian-made pottery assemblages from recent excavations at the Lord Ashley site (St. Giles Kussoe) and other sites in the area. I use the results to explore the population movements that brought unprecedented numbers of non-local Southeastern Indians to the Lowcountry.
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Using Diversity in Native American Pottery Assemblages to Document Population Movements in the early Carolina Indian Trade: A Preliminary View from Charleston. Jon Marcoux. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. 2014 ( tDAR id: 437178)
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