By Daniel O. Sayers
“Addresses key ancient and theoretical debates of the archaeology of the African diaspora. Theoretically advanced and methodologically rigorous, it's the first severe 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 chanced on shelter within the alien panorama of the good 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 higher 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 prior to 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 was once additionally a protecting shelter for marginalized contributors, together with local americans, African-American maroons, unfastened African americans, and outcast Europeans.
within the first thorough archaeological exam of this distinct quarter, Daniel Sayers exposes and unravels the complicated social and monetary platforms constructed through 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 evaluations of yank capitalism.
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Extra info for A Desolate Place for a Defiant People: The Archaeology of Maroons, Indigenous Americans, and Enslaved Laborers in the Great Dismal Swamp
The refuge is surrounded on all sides by state highways and roads that, in the main, run right alongside its boundaries while farm fields and wooded tracts generally stand across those roads, opposite the morass. The refuge is accessible today by any of a series of monitored gates along its western and southern boundaries. Also, small boats can access Lake Drummond by way of the Feeder Ditch, an east–west-running canal that connects Lake Drummond with the Dismal Swamp Canal. The refuge contains miles of dirt roads that are mostly two-tracks.
View of the dry, flat appearance of interior island, GDS Refuge (GDSLS Photo Collection, 2004). several islands near the Nansemond Scarp along the antebellum Jericho Ditch in the northern portion of the refuge (Sayers 2006b, 2008b). We also did work at a site on the Nansemond Scarp located adjacent to the oldest canal associated with the swamp, the Washington Ditch, which is also in the northern part of the refuge. The GDSLS has conclusively demonstrated that the refuge does contain many sites and areas of cultural resource interest and historical significance in addition to its several pre-1950s canals.
Through creative activity, humans distinguish themselves from that which they craft, but at the same time their crafts are part of the external world within which they exist. ” It is in the externalization of material culture and objects of creation and their objectification or being comprehended as distinct entities in the world that we find Marx’s alienation. Again, a word on this matter from Patterson (2009: 148): When human beings objectify nature, they not only identify objects and others but also estrange or alienate themselves from them as they apprehend the natural and social worlds in which they live, establish their own identity and individuality in the process, and use these exterior objects 34 | A Desolate Place for a Defiant People and beings as they act creatively to fulfill socially defined needs and desires.