Slavery, Materiality, and Usable Pasts
This chapter synthesizes the material presented throughout the volume while also introducing three ways in which studies of the built environments of slavery can be expanded upon: materiality, usable pasts, and world archaeologies. Materiality considers how people relate with and through things and can be operationalized in Caribbean historical archaeology to consider how enslaved people altered and moved within colonial spaces shaped by labor. The chapter discusses how the volume of situations represented throughout the book responds to the monolithic nature of studies of slavery and the slave experience by highlighting the diversity of built environments of slavery in the Caribbean alone. Finally, readers are invited to consider how archaeology can have an impact on the present and offer solutions to contemporary environmental concerns in the region.
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