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The Archaeology of Prostitution and Clandestine Pursuits$
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Rebecca Yamin and Donna J. Seifert

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780813056456

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: January 2020

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813056456.001.0001

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The Archaeology of Prostitution and Clandestine Pursuits
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Rebecca Yamin

Donna J. Seifert

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University Press of Florida
DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813056456.003.0006

This chapter focuses on intentionally hidden objects and their meaning for the individuals who hid them. The emphasis on objects illustrates the strength of archaeology to use the material record to connect to specific people in the past. Window panes with messages and/or names scratched in them are described and witch bottles and pierced and folded coins are discussed in the context of European traditions continued in the New World. Classic archaeological studies of ceramic pots, clay pipes, and caches of artifacts found on African American sites are presented as setting the standards for finding evidence of agency where agency was presumed not to exist. Archaeological evidence of agency is also found in remains relating to children, soldiers on military sites, and the homeless in modern cities.

Keywords:   African American, ceramic pots, clay pipes, caches, witch bottles, pierced coins, folded coins, children, soldiers, homeless

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