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Resurrecting Old Pattonia: Uncovering the Lifeways of a Nineteenth Century Shipping Port Community

Author(s): Zachary Overfield

Year: 2014

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An East Texas steamboat landing community, known as Pattonia, operated from 1843 to the late 19th century. This paper interprets the architectural features that once stood at Pattonia and their spatial organization. Additionally, I conduct a ceramic analysis of two household assemblages with unknown occupants in order to determine their relative socioeconomic status and reconstruct the social landscape of Pattonia. This research is based on data collected during two field seasons of excavation, archival resources, and oral history. I aim to illustrate the adoption of broad 19th century American consumerism by the inhabitants of the community, as expressed by their built environment and material culture. The Pattonia landscape was a place of struggle and perseverance, which was ultimately abandoned as it failed to endure beyond its capitalistic foundations.


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Resurrecting Old Pattonia: Uncovering the Lifeways of a Nineteenth Century Shipping Port Community. Zachary Overfield. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. 2014 ( tDAR id: 437271)


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PaperId(s): SYM-71,08

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