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 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 came upon safe haven 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 raised comprehend the heritage of defiance within the Antebellum South and increases vital theoretical concerns for all archaeologists learning diasporic communities.”—Randall H. McGuire, writer of Archaeology as Political Action
within the 250 years sooner than the Civil struggle, 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 toilets, impenetrable foliage, and unsafe creatures. It used to be additionally a protecting shelter for marginalized contributors, together with local american citizens, 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 built by means of those defiant groups that thrived at the outer edge. He develops an analytical framework in response to the complicated interaction among alienation, diasporic exile, asymmetric geographical improvement, and modes of creation to argue that colonialism and slavery unavoidably created sustained evaluations of yankee capitalism.
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Extra resources for A Desolate Place for a Defiant People: The Archaeology of Maroons, Indigenous Americans, and Enslaved Laborers in the Great Dismal Swamp
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.
If we become alien beings-in-the-world, so do other individuals. Equally significant, other individuals are also direct producers of things through alienated labor, and their products appear to us as foreign, alien things—other people are objectified, as are their products of creative activity. As LeRoy suggests (1965: 3), It would be hard to put too much emphasis on the fact that Marx traces all forms of alienation to the work process. The essential reality of a nonalienated person, he tells us, is that he is able to express his human powers 38 | A Desolate Place for a Defiant People in his work.
24 | A Desolate Place for a Defiant People The Nameless Site (31GA120) The nameless site is located approximately two miles into the swamp interior from the Nansemond Scarp and about three and a half miles south of the Cross Canal in the North Carolina portion of the refuge. Though located near a 1940s–50s canal, this island was very much in the swamp’s recesses and remote interior during the nineteenth century and before. The nameless site is twenty acres in size and is one of at least five islands clustered within, roughly, one square mile of the refuge interior; two of these other islands were recorded as archaeological sites (31GA121 and 31PK106) by the GDSLS (Sayers 2006b; Sayers 2012), while the other islands have been observed through satellite and, more recently, lidar images.