Paris-Cayenne: Ceramic Availability and Use within the Plantation Context in French Guiana

Author(s): Elizabeth C. Clay

Year: 2018

Summary

French Guiana presents a unique context in which to explore Caribbean plantation slavery due to several factors: it’s non-island geography, the distinct experiences of enslavement within French Caribbean colonies, and the unusual colonial agricultural economy. While sugar was sustainable for a short period in the early 19th century, plantations producing a variety of agricultural commodities were much more typical. In 2016, three nineteenth century plantation slave villages were the subject of archaeological testing; these villages were historically associated with a sugar plantation and two clove and annatto estates. This poster presents preliminary analyses of ceramics recovered in 2016 in order to offer some intra-regional comparisons between the three sites under study as well as broadly discuss the availability of mass-produced French ceramics to both the overseas markets and to enslaved individuals in French Guiana.

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Paris-Cayenne: Ceramic Availability and Use within the Plantation Context in French Guiana. Elizabeth C. Clay. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Albuquerque, NM. 2018 ( tDAR id: 441690)

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Keywords

Temporal Keywords
Colonial

Spatial Coverage

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

Record Identifiers

PaperId(s): 926