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The Negotiating African-American Ethnicity in the 17th-Century Chesapeake

Colono Tobacco Pipes and the Ethnic Uses of Style. Negotiating African-American Ethnicity in the 17th-century Chesapeake - Colono Tobacco Pipes and the Ethnic Uses of Style Bk. 16. British Archaeological Reports International Series 1042

By (author) J. Cameron Monroe
Edited by Peter Davey
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Archaeopress, Oxford, United Kingdom
Published: 1st Aug 2002
Dimensions: w 210mm h 297mm
ISBN-10: 1841714208
ISBN-13: 9781841714202
Barcode No: 9781841714202
In this, the 16th issue of The Archaeology of the Clay Tobacco Pipe, the subject matter returns to the east coast of the USA, last visited by the Chesapeake Bay volume (Number XII). A new, extended, typology for Colono pipes is presented, along with a detailed analysis of their chronology. A study of the archaeological evidence at these sites, together with a comparison of the stylistic elements present on the Colono pipes with examples from Mali in West Africa and from elsewhere in the African Diaspora outside North America, strongly supports previous arguments for an African ethnicity for the Chesapeake finds. The author links the increasing social hostility towards Africans in the area, as the century progresses, with changes in the styles observed on the pipes "investing them with...a symbolic a method of communicating cultural survival and ethnic solidarity." The work is of particular significance to prehistorians who lack the means of studying past societies using historical sources.

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