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Archaeology of Domestic Landscapes of the Enslaved in the Caribbean$
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James A. Delle and Elizabeth C. Clay

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781683400912

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9781683400912.001.0001

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Asymmetric Architectures of Enslaved People in Jamaica

Asymmetric Architectures of Enslaved People in Jamaica

An Archaeological Study of Household Variation at Good Hope Estate

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Archaeology of Domestic Landscapes of the Enslaved in the Caribbean

Hayden F. Bassett

University Press of Florida

The “slave village” occupies an important place in Caribbean archaeology, though the internal variations and dynamics of villages have yet to be thoroughly addressed. This has resulted in an essentialized picture of the "enslaved community” as a single entity. Recent excavations at Good Hope estate, an eighteenth- to nineteenth-century sugar plantation in Jamaica, however, have demonstrated greater internal variation of experience. This chapter explores the range of architectural expressions among enslaved households at a single plantation and its urban extension, as well as its connection to social variation. In doing so, this study demonstrates how enslaved people defined their social position within large-scale village settings through house and yard architecture.

Keywords:   Jamaica, Social variation, Sugar plantation, Good Hope Estate, Slave village, Yard architecture

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