Archaeology of Slavery and Plantation Life

Archaeology of Slavery and Plantation Life

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From the Preface: The idea of preparing this book developed as I worked on my dissertation on slave archaeology. It became increasingly apparent to me as I did my own work that most of the research which was being done by others on the subject was being published in serials of very limited distribution, seriously inhibiting the disclosure of findings, especially to students and scholars in related fields. What was desperately needed, I realized, was a volume surveying the exciting new research being done throughout the American South and the Caribbean. More important, however, than simply making the literature available, the book should examine the nature and variety of the empirical data derived from this research, synthesize work contributed by investigators of diverse backgrounds and areal specializations, and raise questions for future investigation. This is the result, the first collection of essays on plantation archaeology. It is intended to guide advanced students and professional archaeologists, but will be of interest to all students of the plantation system who seek to understand the byproducts associated with plantation settlement.
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  • Hardback | 338 pages
  • 151.89 x 229.11 x 23.88mm | 666.78g
  • Elsevier Science Publishing Co Inc
  • Bingley, United States
  • English
  • 0126464804
  • 9780126464801

Table of contents

Contributors. Preface. Acknowledgements. T.A. Singleton,Introduction. Research Strategies: F.W. Lange and J.S. Handler, The Ethnohistorical Approach to Slavery. Settlement: K.E. Lewis, Plantation Layout and Function in the south Carolina Lowcountry. C.E. Orser, Jr., and A.M. Nekola, Plantation Settlement from Slavery to Tenancy: An Example from a Piedmont Plantation in South Carolina. Artifact Patterns: F.W. Lange and S.B. Carlson, Distributions of European Earthenwares on Plantations on Barbados, West Indies. L.G. Lewis, The Planter Class: the Archaeological Record at Drayton Hall. S.M. Moore, Social and Economical Status on the Coastal Plantation: An Archaeological Perspective. Foodways: E.J. Reitz, T. Gibbs, and T.A. Rathbun, Archaeological Evidence for Subsistence on Coastal Plantations. Afro-American Traditions: S.L. Jones, The African-American Tradition in Vernacular Architecture. A. Friedlander, Establishing Historical Probabilities for Archaeological Interpretations: Slave Demography of Two Plantations in the South Carolina Lowcountry, 1740-1820. T.R. Wheaton and P.H. Garrow, Acculturation and the Archaeological Record in the Carolina Lowcountry. D.V. Armstrong, An Afro-Jamaican Slave Settlement: Archaeological Investigation at Drax Hall. Transformation: T.A. Singleton, Archaeological Implications for Changing Labor Conditions. W.H. Adams and S.D. Smith, Historical Perspectives on Black Tenant Farmer Material Culture: The Henry C. Long General Store Ledger at Waverly Plantation, Mississippi. Index.
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