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Summer Session A 2018 (May 14-June 22)



Instructor: James M. Davidson, Ph.D.

Graduate Teaching Assistants/Field Supervisors:  Liz Ibarrola, Simon Goldstone 

Meeting Times: Monday through Friday, Bulow Plantation, Bulow Plantation Ruins State Park (Ormond Beach, FL)


Office Hours: on site

Course Description:

As part of this archaeological field school, you will receive training in controlled excavation techniques, field survey, instrument mapping, artifact identification, and artifact analysis. All students will be enrolled for nine credit hours.

Readings on Plantation Archaeology (downloadable pdf’s of articles; see below)

Davidson, James M. and Mary Elizabeth Ibarrola
2016       Cabin 1 at the Bulow Plantation (8FL7): Final Results of the 2014 and 2015 University of Florida Archaeological Field Schools at the Bulow Plantation Historic Ruins State Park (Flagler County, FL). Anthropology Department. University of Florida: Gainesville, FL.

Orser, Charles E. Jr.
1998    The Archaeology of the African Diaspora. Annual Review of Anthropology 27:63-82.

Fairbanks, Charles
1974    The Kingsley Slave Cabins in Duval County, Florida, 1968. Conference on Historic Sites Archaeology Papers 7:62-93.

Otto, John Solomon
1980 Race and Class on Antebellum Plantations. In Archaeological Perspectives on Ethnicity in America: Afro-American and Asian American Culture History, edited by Robert L. Schuyler, pp. 3-13.  Baywood Publishing Co, Farmingdale, NY.

Fairbanks, Charles H.
1984    The Plantation Archaeology of the Southeastern Coast. Historical Archaeology 18 (1):1-14.

Wheaton, Thomas R. and Patrick H. Garrow
1985 Acculturation and the Archaeological Record in the Carolina Lowcountry. In The Archaeology of Slavery and Plantation Life, edited by Theresa Singleton, pp. 239-269. Academic Press, Orlando, FL.

Potter, Parker B. Jr.
1991 What is the Use of Plantation Archaeology? Historical Archaeology 25(3):94-107.

Howson, Jeane E.
1990 Social Relations and Material Culture: A Critique of the Archaeology of Plantation Slavery. Historical Archaeology 24(4):78-91.

Babson, David W.
1990 The Archaeology of Racism and Ethnicity on Southern Plantations. Historical Archaeology 24(4):20-28.

Orser, Charles E. Jr.
1994 The Archaeology of African-American Slave Religion in the Antebellum South. Cambridge Archaeological Journal 4 (1):33-45.

Young, Amy
1996 Archaeological Evidence of African-Style Ritual and Healing Practices in the Upland South. Tennessee Anthropologist 21(2):139-155.

Russell, Aaron E.
1997 Material Culture and African-American Spirituality at the Hermitage. Historical Archaeology 31(2):63-80.

Davidson, James M.
2004 Rituals Captured in Context and Time: Charm Use in North Dallas Freedman’s Town (1869-1907), Dallas, Texas. Historical Archaeology 38(2):22-54.

Franklin, Maria
1997 “Power to the People”: Sociopolitics and the Archaeology of Black Americans.    Historical Archaeology 31(3):36-50.

Epperson, Terrence W.
2004 Critical Race Theory and the Archaeology of the African Diaspora. Historical Archaeology 38(1):101-108.