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French Colonial Archaeology in the Southeast and Caribbean$
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Kenneth G. Kelly and Meredith D. Hardy

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780813036809

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813036809.001.0001

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French Colonial Archaeology in the Southeast and Caribbean



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This chapter discusses the various other chapters presented in this book and looks at the way historical archaeologists excavate and interpret French-colonial sites, taking into consideration diagnostic markers left by colonists according to their cultural and religious affiliations, such affiliations being dictated by ever-changing socioeconomic conditions and by whether colonists were Catholic or Protestants, such as Huguenots. It emphasizes the fact that those markers are greatly influenced by sociogeographical conditions based on where colonists came from before settling down to a particular location in the Southeast and the Caribbean, and by the phenomenon of creolization. The chapter also encourages historical archaeologists in general to learn other languages in order to be able to read research papers written by non-Anglophone archaeologists, and concludes that archaeology is the confessor of history and that it is archaeologists' job to correct mistakes made in the past.

Keywords:   archaeology, Catholics, creolization, cultural affiliation, diagnostic markers, French-colonial sites, Huguenots, Protestants

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