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Gathering at Silver GlenCommunity and History in Late Archaic Florida$
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Zackary I. Gilmore

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780813062716

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813062716.001.0001

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Making History in “Prehistory”

Making History in “Prehistory”

Things, Places, and Other Material Gathering Events

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(p.50) 2 Making History in “Prehistory”
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Gathering at Silver Glen
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Zackary I. Gilmore

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University Press of Florida
DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813062716.003.0003

Chapter 2 outlines the more human-scale and history-centered perspective adopted in the present study. Rather than viewing history as a detached, objective past or restricting it to written records, it is defined broadly to include all the culturally ubiquitous and infinitely diverse means by which people draw on the past in order to establish relationships in the present and for the future. With this definition in mind, it is suggested that one effective way to construct archaeological histories that are more relevant to actual past human experience is to focus on the identification and linking together of specific historical events. Introducing the concepts of “assemblage” and “bundle,” this chapter argues that past events are accessible to archaeologists in the form of artifacts, features, and cultural deposits—all of which constitute historically contingent and consequential intersections of various material and immaterial entities. The final section of chapter 2 discusses the important role of place in gathering and positioning these various entities in meaningful ways. Genealogical, biographical, and itinerary-based methods for constructing eventful histories of place are discussed and a case is made that these provide a veritable window into the interactions and internal workings of relational, place-based communities through time.

Keywords:   history, events, assemblage, bundle, biography, materiality, place, community

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