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The Historical Turn in Southeastern Archaeology$
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Robbie Ethridge and Eric E. Bowne

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781683401629

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9781683401629.001.0001

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Centering the Margins of “History”

Centering the Margins of “History”

Reading Material Narratives of Southeastern Indian Identity along the Edges of the Colonial Southeast (ca. 1650–1720)

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The Historical Turn in Southeastern Archaeology

Jon Bernard Marcoux

University Press of Florida

Not long ago, our “historical” narratives concerning seventeenth- and eighteenth-century southeastern Indian communities read like colonial maps with neatly depicted “Tribal” territories and towns. Like those maps, the narratives presented a timeless “history” for groups whose identities were rooted to specific locations. This chapter traces a shift in our perspective as we have grown to appreciate the mutability and fluidity of the late seventeenth and early eighteenth-century colonial landscape. I explore artifact data from a number of sites to identify material traces of the social “reshuffling” that unfolded during this period—a process materialized as "improvised" diaspora communities.

Keywords:   colonial landscape, southeastern Indian communities, diaspora

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