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 the way alienated humans came upon 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 heritage of defiance within the Antebellum South and increases very important theoretical matters 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 nice Dismal Swamp of Virginia and North Carolina was once a brutal landscape—2,000 sq. miles of undeveloped and unforgiving wetlands, peat toilets, impenetrable foliage, and unsafe creatures. It was once additionally a protecting safe haven for marginalized contributors, together with local americans, African-American maroons, loose African americans, and outcast Europeans.
within the first thorough archaeological exam of this distinct zone, Daniel Sayers exposes and unravels the complicated social and financial platforms constructed through 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 construction to argue that colonialism and slavery necessarily created sustained opinions of yankee capitalism.
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Figure 10. The Cross Canal site with canal-adjacent road through center, showing Marley Brown III (left), Terrance Weik (center), and author (right) in the background, GDS Refuge, view east (GDSLS Photo Collection, 2005). 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.
Humans must sense (perceive), work, create, and labor in order to subsist, they must exert energy onto the wider physical and social world around them in order to survive, and this translates into transforming that enveloping world to meet those material needs (Marx 1988: 75–78, 151–60). We must think here not only of hunting, gathering, agriculture, and the like—for the production of things, tools, and forms of protection such as houses and shelters is also a critical aspect. Humans work together in states of sociality.
6 In delineating human alienation from nature, Marx was exposing the fact that in the CMP human beings are estranged from that material world within which they must live and creatively transform (Pappenheim 1959). CMP humans have constantly objectified that material world, their source of actual real fulfillment of human purpose beyond themselves, creating a fracture or rift in what might have been a noncontradictory social articulation (Torrance 1977). As it is, the process has, in the parlance of somewhat recent anthropology, Othered the material world and forged an intensive and expansive contradiction in human existence whereby individuals and social groups are estranged from the world around them.
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