Say It with Flowers: Recording African-American Gardening Traditions Using Terrestrial LiDAR and Oral History
This is an abstract from the "Technology and Public Outreach" session, at the 2019 annual meeting of the Society for Historical Archaeology.
African-American gardening traditions involving such features as wheels, bottle trees, mirros, and silvered statuary have been identified across the United States. What are not always included in analyses of these gardens are the significance of flowers and other plantings or the changes within a garden over time. Together, terrestrial LiDAR and interviews with the gardners shed new light on these previsously under-studied aspects of these traditions while creating a detailed, durable record of these ever-changing yards. This combination of techniques provides a strong mechanism for incorporating community voices into the study of such material traditions in Easton, Maryland, where archaeologists from the University of Maryland have explored these techniques on a number of African-American gardens.
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Say It with Flowers: Recording African-American Gardening Traditions Using Terrestrial LiDAR and Oral History. Tracy H. Jenkins, Madeline E. Laub. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, St. Charles, MO. 2019 ( tDAR id: 449239)
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