Cannon's Point Plantation, 1794 - 1860 - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780125310604, 9781483297736

Cannon's Point Plantation, 1794 - 1860

1st Edition

Living Conditions and Status Patterns in the Old South

Authors: John Solomon Otto
eBook ISBN: 9781483297736
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 28th June 1984
Page Count: 217
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Cannon's Point Plantation, 1794 – 1860: Living Conditions and Status Patterns in the Old South presents the results of historical archaeological investigations at Cannon's Point, an antebellum sea-island cotton plantation off the Georgia coast.

This book compares investigations of archaeological remains at sites once occupied by slaves, overseers, and planters—people who differed in racial, social, and economic status. This text not only examines the material living conditions of the Old South, but also observes a substantial example of status patterning in the archaeological record.

This publication is valuable to archaeologists and historians concerned with the treatment and daily lives of slaves in the Old South.

Table of Contents



Chapter 1 The Historical and Archaeological Significance of Plantation Excavation

Material Living Conditions of Old South Slaves

Status Patterning in the Archaeological Record of Material Living Conditions

Chapter 2 Cannon's Point: The History of a Long-Staple Cotton Plantation (1794-1890)

The Settlement of the Cannon's Point Region

Economic Instability of Cannon's Point Crops

The Abandonment of Cannon's Point

Chapter 3 The Slaves' Living Conditions

The Hierarchy of Labor

Living Quarters and Conditions

Hunting and Fishing for Food

The Slave Diet

The Use of Ceramics

Health Care on the Plantation


"Luxury" Items

Cultural Changes among Tidewater Slaves

Chapter 4 The Overseers' Living Conditions

The Cannon's Point Overseers

The Overseer's House Site

Food Collection and Preparation

The Use of Ceramics and Utensils

The Overseer as Physician

"Luxury" Items

Clothing and Personal Possessions

Chapter 5 The Planters' Living Conditions

The Social Scene

The Planters' House Site

The Planter Family's Diet

The Planter's Tableware and Ceramics

Planter Luxuries

Planter Clothing

Travel and Hospitality

Chapter 6 Cannon's Point Plantation and Status Patterning in the Archaeological Record

Archaeological Remains as Reflections of Known Status Differences

Archaeological Remains as Independent Evidence for Interpreting Status

The Promise of Plantation Archaeology

Appendix: Statistical Tests

Test 1: Ceramic Type and Status

Test 2: Ceramic Shape and Status

Test 3: Ceramic Form and Status

Test 4: Liquor-Bottle Types and Status




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