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The Powhatan LandscapeAn Archaeological History of the Algonquian Chesapeake$
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Martin D. Gallivan

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780813062860

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813062860.001.0001

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Dwelling in Tsenacomacoh

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The Powhatan Landscape

Martin D. Gallivan

Victor D. Thompson

University Press of Florida

Chapter 1 outlines an archaeological history of the Algonquian Chesapeake which examines the culturally specific ways that Virginia Algonquians dwelled within the estuary. The study is influenced by scholarly conversations about space, place, and landscape on the one hand and, on the other, by contemporary Native communities’ demands for research which challenges triumphalist colonial narratives hinging on Native defeat, fragmentation, and abandonment. Primary evidence comes from a reassessment of colonial-era documents and from three archaeological studies, the Werowocomoco Project, the Chickahominy River Survey, and excavations at the Powhatan town of Kiskiak. Previous research in the region, summarized in this chapter, sets the stage for a deep historical anthropology of landscape that crosses the historic / precolonial divide. Chapter 1 closes by summarizing the remainder of the book, organized around sociologist Henri Lefebvre’s model of space that includes three axes: spatial representations, spatial practices, and the spatial imaginary.

Keywords:   dwelling, archaeological history, historical anthropology, space, place, Lefebvre

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