Drawing together information from numerous seventeenth-century texts and the findings of modern archaeological research, Orser examines the historical meaning of artifacts excavated throughout the seventeenth-century English Atlantic world. The coverage encompasses England, Ireland, western Africa, the Caribbean, and native North America. Where appropriate, he also makes forays into the non-Anglophone world, including a section dealing with the impact of the Portuguese on west central Africa. He places the archaeological evidence about housing, fortifications, delftware, and stoneware in its context through consideration of the networks of people and their skills that shaped English connections with the Atlantic’s diverse seaboards. Orser is as concerned with evidence associated with those people who were disadvantaged by colonial expansion, such as Native Americans and black Africans, as he is with material generated by English craftsmen, builders, and planners. He acknowledges that archaeological findings for some areas of the English Atlantic world are underdeveloped, which is...
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February 01 2020
An Archaeology of the English Atlantic World, 1600–1700
An Archaeology of the English Atlantic World, 1600–1700. By
Orser, Jr. (
Cambridge University Press,
Brunel University London
Online Issn: 1530-9169
Print Issn: 0022-1953
© 2020 by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and The Journal of Interdisciplinary History, Inc.
by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and The Journal of Interdisciplinary History, Inc.
The Journal of Interdisciplinary History (2020) 50 (4): 592–594.
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Kenneth Morgan; An Archaeology of the English Atlantic World, 1600–1700. The Journal of Interdisciplinary History 2020; 50 (4): 592–594. doi: https://doi.org/10.1162/jinh_r_01491
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