How Can Archaeological Spatial Structure Advance Our Understanding of the Social Dynamics of Slavery?: an Example from Monticello.
This is an abstract from the "Archaeologies of Enslavement" session, at the 2019 annual meeting of the Society for Historical Archaeology.
We explore how patterns in the distribution of artifacts across sites can inform us about variation in household organization and resource access among people enslaved at Monticello. We use DAACS protocols to we measure variation among artifacts that is sensitive to temporal availability, acquisition costs, and artifact size at a domestic site occupied by enslave field laborers in the early nineteenth century. We fit statistical models to identify and summarize spatial patterns in the resulting data and consider how those patterns can be explained in terms occupation dates, household composition, and resource access. To ensure our results are reproducible, we share our data and R code on the web.
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How Can Archaeological Spatial Structure Advance Our Understanding of the Social Dynamics of Slavery?: an Example from Monticello.. Crystal L. Ptacek, Beatrix Arendt, Fraser Neiman. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, St. Charles, MO. 2019 ( tDAR id: 449212)
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