Trash is Treasure: Understanding the Enslaved Landscape in Southern Maryland through Artifact Distribution

Author(s): Katelyn Kean

Year: 2018

Summary

This research will present the findings of an archaeological evaluation focusing on the manipulation of the enslaved landscape throughout Southern Maryland in the 18th and 19th centuries. By analyzing the landscape of slave quarters at Bowens Road II (18CV151) and Smith’s St. Leonard’s (18CV91) more information of Maryland’s plantation landscape can be understood and compared throughout the Middle-Atlantic region. An analysis of artifact distribution focusing on several artifact types throughout each slave quarter site will help interpretation and evaluate how the landscape was managed. Through artifact distribution, the manipulation of discarded material will help explore the social significance of these sites. Additionally, cross-comparison research based on artifact types and architecture of the quarters will provide correlation and comparison data. Adding this research of enslaved spaces specific to Calvert County benefit understanding of enslaved spaces specific to Maryland, landscape archaeology, and the archaeology of slavery.

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Trash is Treasure: Understanding the Enslaved Landscape in Southern Maryland through Artifact Distribution. Katelyn Kean. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Albuquerque, NM. 2018 ( tDAR id: 441536)

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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

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PaperId(s): 410