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British Forts and Their CommunitiesArchaeological and Historical Perspectives$
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Christopher R. DeCorse and Zachary J. M. Beier

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780813056753

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813056753.001.0001

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Porous Walls and Possessive Structures

Porous Walls and Possessive Structures

British Forts and Networks of the Early Modern World

(p.285) Conclusion Porous Walls and Possessive Structures
British Forts and Their Communities

Guido Pezzarossi

University Press of Florida

This conclusion chapter arrays the contributions to the volume along a set of integrative themes that places the archaeology of forts and their communities in direct conversation with critical approaches to the archaeology of colonialism. Pezzarossi traces out the plural roles and character of British forts discussed in the contributions, as well as the manifold influences of native and African communities and knowledge, other colonial powers, and the material world on the forts and their communities. In the end, the conclusion stresses the importance of the volume’s approach to the archaeology of forts and provides additional theoretical perspectives on how (and why it is necessary) to move past static, essentialist models of British forts and their engaged communities in order to better conceptualize the messy, porous, and entangled nature of colonial encounters, particularly at, with, or around the forts that frequently set them in motion.

Keywords:   British fort, Colonial encounters, Archaeology of colonialism

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