By Daniel O. Sayers
“Addresses key old and theoretical debates of the archaeology of the African diaspora. Theoretically complicated and methodologically rigorous, it's the first critical learn to find maroon teams within the Chesapeake.”—Frederick H. Smith, writer of The Archaeology of Alcohol and Drinking
“Sayers makes use of archaeology to inform a compelling tale of ways alienated humans discovered safe haven within the alien panorama of the nice Dismal Swamp. the following they created their very own lifestyle, freed from the exploitation and alienation that they escaped. His paintings is helping us to raised comprehend the historical past of defiance within the Antebellum South and increases very important theoretical concerns for all archaeologists learning diasporic communities.”—Randall H. McGuire, writer of Archaeology as Political Action
within the 250 years earlier than the Civil warfare, the good Dismal Swamp of Virginia and North Carolina used to be a brutal landscape—2,000 sq. miles of undeveloped and unforgiving wetlands, peat bathrooms, impenetrable foliage, and unsafe creatures. It used to be additionally a protecting shelter for marginalized contributors, together with local americans, African-American maroons, loose African american citizens, and outcast Europeans.
within the first thorough archaeological exam of this exact quarter, Daniel Sayers exposes and unravels the advanced social and fiscal structures built via those defiant groups that thrived at the outer edge. He develops an analytical framework in keeping with the advanced interaction among alienation, diasporic exile, asymmetric geographical improvement, and modes of creation to argue that colonialism and slavery unavoidably created sustained opinions of yankee capitalism.
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2007: 63). We used this method at each site, including the Cross Canal site. 25 meters, the majority of artifacts recovered by this method were precontact in age. 5 meters) in the northern area of the island and in its central southern area that includes a substantial section of the island’s crest. Archaeological survey yielded evidence of occupation at the Cross Canal site, going back several thousand years into the Archaic, with most subsequent major precontact eras represented (Early, Middle, and Late Woodland).
In the north-central area of the Virginia part of the Great Dismal Swamp sits Lake Drummond. Its origins, like those of much of the swamp, are somewhat mysterious, and it is one of only two natural lakes in the state of Virginia. The lake, around four thousand years old, may have formed as a result of a deep peat Figure 8. Thick vines and brambles typical of the subcanopy plant community in the Great Dismal Swamp, GDS Refuge, view north (GDSLS Photo Collection, 2005). 18 | A Desolate Place for a Defiant People burn or meteorite impact or from any of a host of hydrological and geological causes (Levy 2000: 34–37; Lichtler and Walker 1979: 154; see also Whitehead and Oaks 1979: 38–39).
A Desolate Place for a Defiant People: The Archaeology of Maroons, Indigenous Americans, and Enslaved Laborers in the Great Dismal Swamp by Daniel O. Sayers