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Beyond the Mansion 2.0: Completing a Digital Archive for Thirty Years of Archaeological Research at The Hermitage
Jillian Galle, Monticello

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Ceramic Investment by Enslaved People at The Hermitage, Tennessee (Conference Paper/Presentation)
Title: Ceramic Investment by Enslaved People at The Hermitage, Tennessee
Author: Elizabeth A. Bollwerk
Author: Lynsey A. Bates
Author: Jillian E. Galle
Author: Leslie Cooper
Abstract: For the first time, archaeological data from excavations at The Hermitage, Andrew Jackson’s nineteenth-century cotton plantation near Nashville, Tennessee, are being made available to researchers through the Digital Archaeological Archive of Comparative Slavery (DAACS). These assemblages are associated primarily with enslaved laborers who lived in three Antebellum quartering areas on the plantation. Building on previous research about slaves’ acquisition of non-provisioned goods, this poster interrogates one subset of these data, imported ceramics, to assess the distribution of goods across the spatially-divided enslaved community. First, we establish a plantation-wide chronology using correspondence analysis to date deposits from the mansion backyard, outlying field quarters, and the First Hermitage, the earliest settled area of the plantation. We then review how specialized forms and decorated vessels varied across time and space between the three domestic areas, and whether this variation reflects relative investment in market goods.
Date: 04/06/2016
Primary URL: http://
Primary URL Description: DAACS Research Page with a link to a scientific poster presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, April 2016. Orlando, Florida.
Conference Name: Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology