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Archaeologies of Slavery and Freedom in the CaribbeanExploring the Spaces in Between$
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Lynsey Bates, John M. Chenoweth, and James A. Delle

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781683400035

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9781683400035.001.0001

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Life beyond the Village

Life beyond the Village

Field Houses and Liminal Space on a Jamaican Coffee Plantation

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Archaeologies of Slavery and Freedom in the Caribbean

James A. Delle

University Press of Florida

Much of what we know archaeologically about the material realities of Caribbean plantation slavery is based on the interpretation of objects recovered from plantation village contexts. While a majority of those enslaved on plantations did in fact live in such contexts, not all did. This chapter analyzes a previously unexamined material and spatial reality of Jamaican plantations, the existence and importance of extra-village localities in which people lived. Defined here as field houses, these structures were dispersed across the plantation landscape, located within agricultural fields and provision grounds. The material considered comes from an early nineteenth century plantation known as Marshalls Pen; excavations conducted on three field houses provide the data from which this interpretation is derived.

Keywords:   field houses, plantation landscapes, plantation village

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