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A Chesapeake Family and their Slaves

A Chesapeake Family and their Slaves
A Study in Historical Archaeology


Part of New Studies in Archaeology

  • Date Published: May 1994
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521467308

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  • Analysing the material remains left by Maryland's colonists in the eighteenth century in conjunction with historical records and works of art, archaeologists have reconstructed the daily life of the aristocratic British family of the governor of Maryland. In this large household people from different cultures interacted, and English and West African lifestyles merged. Using this fascinating case-study, Anne Yentsch illustrates the way in which historical archaeology draws on different disciplines to interpret the past.

    • Highly unusual in the scope of its coverage of black women
    • The only study on eighteenth century Calverts (all others on seventeenth century predecessors), hence, will appeal to historians and archaeologists
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    '… charts in great detail a revealing course through the colonial period of North America … weaves together folklore, historical documents and archaeology to produce a classic study about a time and place that we thought we knew, but only now are beginning to understand'. New Scientist

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    • Date Published: May 1994
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521467308
    • length: 472 pages
    • dimensions: 248 x 175 x 24 mm
    • weight: 0.965kg
    • contains: 98 b/w illus. 18 maps 44 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Starting Points: Region, Town and Site:
    1. Transforming space into place
    2. Beginning the research
    Part II. Ruling the Province:
    3. On behalf of his lordship
    4. Governor Benedict Leonard Calvert
    Part II. Big Features and Topological Dimensions:
    5. 'A house well built and with much strength'
    6. Ordering nature: the Calvert orangery, garden and vista
    Part IV. Mosaics Built From Little Artifacts:
    7. Touches of Chinese elegance: pottery and porcelain
    8. Social distinctions in daily food
    Part V. Building Black Identities
    9. The face of urban slavery
    10. West African women, food and cultural values
    Part VI. Artifacts In Motion:
    11. Putting meat on the bones
    12. Hunting, fishing, and market trading
    Part VII. Time Markers and Social History:
    13. Generations of change
    14. Charisma and the symbolics of power
    Part VIII. The Vitality Of Cultural Context:
    15. Archaeology as anthropological history
    16. Archaeology, a topical discourse

  • Author

    Anne Elizabeth Yentsch, Armstrong State College, Georgia

    Illustrated by

    Julie Hunter

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