Refining The Hermitage Chronologies


    Previous chronologies of site occupations at The Hermitage were based largely on historical documentation combined with observed architectural changes across the landscape. Here we use correspondence analysis of ceramic ware-type frequencies to corroborate and refine earlier chronologies developed by Smith and McKee. DAACS data from ten domestic sites of slavery at the plantation, with occupations spanning from the first decade of the nineteenth century to the 1920’s, allow us to develop robust chronologies with which to study the lives of those who lived and worked there. The result is a plantation-wide occupational phasing, along with multiple site specific phasings that allows researchers to analyze various artifact patterns within those periods, gaining a more complete understanding of how enslaved individuals’ lives may have changed over time.  Many of the analytical papers in this session employ these new site chronologies. 

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Refining The Hermitage Chronologies. Cooper Cooper, Jillian E Galle, Lynsey A. Bates, Elizabeth Bollwerk. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Albuquerque, NM. 2018 ( tDAR id: 441917)


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): 637