Ceremonial Landscapes in the Middle Chesapeake

Author(s): Julia King; Scott Strickland

Year: 2019


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

The spatial turn in the humanities is sending archaeologists and their Native colleagues back into the documentary, oral history, and archaeological records to tease out elements of the indigenous cultural landscape – in the deep past, in the colonial past, and in the present. Ceremonial landscapes are an important part of the indigenous landscape: they are mentioned in documents and have been reported archaeologically, typically as ossuary or other mortuary contexts. Increasing the scale at which these places are considered reveals relationships not immediately evident at the site level. This presentation describes these examples, shows how Geographical Information Systems can be used to build a greater context for their interpretation, and suggests how GIS is forging new directions in the study of the Native Chesapeake landscape.

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Ceremonial Landscapes in the Middle Chesapeake. Julia King, Scott Strickland. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, St. Charles, MO. 2019 ( tDAR id: 449129)

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Gis Landscape Native American

Geographic Keywords
United States of America

Temporal Keywords
Proto-Colonial, Colonial

Spatial Coverage

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

Individual & Institutional Roles

Contact(s): Society for Historical Archaeology

Record Identifiers

PaperId(s): 404