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Archaeology and the Modern World: Colonial Transcripts in by Martin Hall

By Martin Hall

Archaeology and the fashionable World advances a brand new arguable idea of ancient archaeology. utilizing new case reports, Martin corridor evaluates the key theoretical traditions in ancient archaeology whereas contributing considerably to the talk. during this learn the writer areas an emphasis on fabric tradition and the hot previous to convey to mild an image of an risky and violent early colonial global during which fabric tradition performed an important mediating function.

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The 'English book' was a claim to a natural and universal standard of civility, but Colonial discourse 39 the need to insist on its circulation simultaneously attested the prevalence of its barbaric opposite, a contradiction that is given emphasis by the materiality of the heavy, leather-bound volume. The more the book circulated - the longer it is passed between those gathered under the tree - the more the unspoken opposites against which the emblem of the book stood were asserted and made real.

Meanwell and Captain Stith pretended to go a-hunting, but their game was eight fresh-colored wenches, which were not hard to hunt down. The neighbors supplied us with pretty good cheese and very fat mutton' (Wright 1966: 98). Wild turkeys and freshcolored wenches were common game for the colonial patriarch. One further analytical device helps in assembling examples of ambiguity and contradiction such as these in a way that reveals the play between public and hidden transcripts, and the ever-present subordinate voices that are denied a place in contemporary accounts and in the public constructions of the colonial countryside.

However, if tidewater Virginia and the Cape of Good Hope are seen as the sites of discourses, then the insights to be gained from com paris on are considerable. Remembering Foucault's insistence that the regularities of statements are to be attributed to the form of the discourse, eighteenth-century Virginia and the Cape can be interrogated purposefully. 3). Although Virginia lacked the urban slavery of Cape Town, the political economy of the countryside was structured similarly in both areas. As with Virginia, the Cape had a small group of large-scale slave owners, whose daily contact with the slaves was mediated by overseers (knechts in the Cape), and a substantial group of smaller, yeoman farmers.

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