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date: 20 October 2019

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Historical archaeology has much to contribute to the study of rural life, since farmsteads offer a compelling context to explore a wide range of anthropologically relevant issues. Historical archaeology conducted at the Gibbs farmstead in East Tennessee reveals material conditions experienced by rural residents of southern Appalachia during the 1800s. The persistence of the Gibbs lineal family at the farmstead during the 1800s provides considerable historically documented time depth and allows the study of continuity and change within an extended rural family. Using the generation as an analytical unit, material continuity is apparent at the farm in agricultural production and foodways. Conversely, expansion episodes to the log dwelling and landscape change coincided with household transitions at the farmstead.

Keywords: Southern Appalachia, material conditions, architecture, foodways, lineal family

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