Identifying Enslaved Movement on the South End Plantation (1849-1861), Ossabaw Island, Georgia.

Author(s): Amanda D. Roberts Thompson

Year: 2019


This is an abstract from the "Archaeologies of Enslavement" session, at the 2019 annual meeting of the Society for Historical Archaeology.

The South End Plantation located on Ossabaw Island, Georgia was operated as a cotton plantation by George Jones Kollock from 1849-1861. During this time, the land was continually modified for Kollock’s agricultural pursuits, all of which occurred through assigned tasks to enslaved individuals. Modifying and moving through the landscape allowed enslaved people to negotiate the power structures and social relationships of plantation life. To understand enslaved movement it is necessary to first identify what cultural features existed including the primary plantation core of domestic structures and agricultural outbuildings as well as the surrounding agricultural spaces. Identifying the location and extent of cultural features is important to conceptualize how enslaved people experienced, used, and understood the landscape.To do this, a variety of datasets, LiDAR, historic maps, and historical documents, are blended together so that the plantation landscape and enslaved movement on the South End can be reconstructed.

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Identifying Enslaved Movement on the South End Plantation (1849-1861), Ossabaw Island, Georgia.. Amanda D. Roberts Thompson. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, St. Charles, MO. 2019 ( tDAR id: 449053)

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Coastal Landscape Plantation

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United States of America

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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): 120