Charleston, South Carolina and Beyond

Author(s): Martha Zierden; Elizabeth J. Reitz

Year: 2018


Charleston, South Carolina, is probably best known as an urban center servicing a plantation economy supported by slave labor, but this is only part of the city's function. The city was an important social, political, and economic port on the Atlantic seaboard, a vital link between interior centers of production and the transatlantic world. Charles Town began as a thriving hub for the Native American trade, as well as for cattle and forest products. This trade connected rural homesteads and cowpens with international markets. When the city wall, built for protection, interfered with trade, it was the wall that came down. Sometimes trade took place under the guise of warfare, but material culture shows close ties with the far-flung Spanish Empire, the Caribbean, and Europe. Charleston was also an intellectual center, an obligatory stop for scholars interested in natural history. These connections are all reflected in the city's archaeological record.

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Charleston, South Carolina and Beyond. Martha Zierden, Elizabeth J. Reitz. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, New Orleans, Louisiana. 2018 ( tDAR id: 441180)


Spatial Coverage

min long: -129.199; min lat: 24.495 ; max long: -66.973; max lat: 49.359 ;

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Contact(s): Society for Historical Archaeology

Record Identifiers

PaperId(s): 292