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A Desolate Place for a Defiant People
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A Desolate Place for a Defiant People: The Archaeology of Maroons, Indigenous Americans, and Enslaved Laborers in the Great Dismal Swamp

Daniel Sayers


Even such a seemingly remote place as the Great Dismal Swamp of North Carolina and Virginia has a complex social, economic, and cultural history. In the millennia prior to 1607, the Great Dismal Swamp was a part of the local and regional indigenous American cultural landscape. With the permanent settlement of the English colony of Jamestown, Virginia, in 1607, the Great Dismal Swamp and the regional landscape in which it was nested were no longer solely the province of indigenous Americans and their cultural and social traditions and practices. Colonial Europeans and, after 1619, Diasporicized ... More

Keywords: Great Dismal Swamp, Diaspora, Archaeology, Landscape, Indigenous Americans

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780813060187
Published to Florida Scholarship Online: May 2015 DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813060187.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Daniel Sayers, author
Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, College of Arts and Sciences