By Gavin Lucas
This ebook examines how colonial identities have been developed within the Cape Colony of South Africa seeing that its institution within the 17th century as much as the 20th century. it really is an explicitly archaeological procedure yet which additionally attracts extra generally on documentary fabric to check how diverse humans within the colony – from settler to slave – built identities via fabric tradition. The ebook explores 3 key teams: The Dutch East India corporation, the loose settlers and the slaves, via a couple of archaeological websites and contexts. With the archaeological facts, the booklet examines how those diversified teams have been enmeshed inside racial, sexual, and sophistication ideologies within the broader context of capitalism and colonialism, and attracts commonly on present social concept, particularly post-colonialism, feminism and Marxism. This ebook is aimed basically at archaeologists, yet also will allure historians and people drawn to cultural concept and fabric tradition stories. in particular, ancient archaeologists and scholars of old archaeology could be the basic readership and purchasers.
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Additional resources for An Archaeology of Colonial Identity: Power and Material Culture in the Dwars Valley, South Africa
The growth of domestic industries such as textiles, clay pipes, tin-glazed earthenware among others was directly linked into the success of the trade in colonial goods (Israel 1995: 611-12). This domestic trade within the The Archaeology of Dutch Capitalism and the Colonial Trade 23 north European market is well known archaeologically, especially in terms of ceramics, where products from China and South-east Asia, Italy, Spain, Portugal, France, Netherlands and Germany are among the more widely distributed goods (Hurst et al.
Little detailed information was given in his reports about the new mines progress or depth, indeed he changes his measurements from lachter to clafften (which is a similar length, about 2 m), but he does mention they were subject to flooding which caused serious problems. Moreover it seems over time, Muller shifted his teams lower and lower down the mountain—perhaps partly because of the labour involved in moving the mined ore downhill. Sancta Helena was the only one he seemed to persist with after the middle of 1747, by which time, it had progressed about 24 m deep.
These tensions between VOC intentions and day to day processes, between the Company elite and the common soldiers, slaves and settlers, has revealed itself in very interesting ways in the material culture. Moreover, perhaps the various sides increasingly saw things very differently, a perception t h a t may have only fragmented further over time. This is something I address further in the next chapter, but for now I The Archaeology of Dutch Capitalism and the Colonial Trade 39 want to explore the themes I have been discussing here in more detail, using a case study of a VOC backed industrial operation in the mid18th century.
An Archaeology of Colonial Identity: Power and Material Culture in the Dwars Valley, South Africa by Gavin Lucas