A Perspective on Fifty Years of Comparative Colonial Archaeology
- Prof. dr. Marley R. Brown III
- Dr. Konrad A. Antczak
- Tuesday 17 October 2017
2333 CC Leiden
Multi-Sited Approaches to Maritime Communities in the Atlantic World
Abstract: Arguably, comparison has been an integral part of the development of archaeologies of colonialism since 1967, when both the Society for Historical Archaeology and the Society for Post-Medieval Archaeology were established. This presentation evaluates the relative success of comparative colonial archaeology at dealing with issues of scale and mobility through a recent case study of the material lives of enslaved Bermuda mariners and their masters; a case study that will be complemented by an accompanying presentation by my colleague Konrad Antczak on the salt-processing site of La Tortuga where these same Bermudian mariners and their masters participated in a complex transatlantic trade. It is argued that even though this particular multi-site study involving Bermuda’s Bell ruin and La Tortuga came about by a fortunate coincidence, it represents an important new pathway for understanding variability in the economic basis and social fabric of the Atlantic World.