- Archaeological Research in St Petersburg, Russia
- The Slave Trade and Coastal West Africa
- The Archaeologist’s Evangeline: Historical Archaeology in Acadia
- Later Historical Archaeologies of the North Atlantic
- Many Worlds Colliding: Historical Archaeologies in South Africa
- Documentary Archaeology: Dialogues and Discourses
- Antarctic Archaeology: Discussing the History of the Southernmost End of the World
- On the Fence, Over the Fence: Archaeologies of Recent Conflict
- Far Behind the Front: The Ambitions and Shortcomings of an Aspiring Military State in the Seventeenth Century
- The Early Modern New Found Land
- Modernization on the Northern Fringe of Europe: The Historical Archaeology of Early Modern Sweden
- The First Century of the Town of Tornio: Urbanization on the Northern Edge of Europe
- Manchester: Archetypal Industrial City
- The Origins of New York City: From Indian Country to World Port
- Maturing Nicely: Overseas Chinese Archaeology in Australia and New Zealand
- Adapting to a Dry Continent: Technology and Environment in Australian Industrial Archaeology
- French Colonial Louisiana: The Rough Terrains of Empire
- The Archaeology of Early Modern South East Asia
- British Military Sites from Albany to Crown Point
- Definitions in Historical Archaeology: Enslaved African Americans Cultivating a Scientific Garden, Wye House, Maryland, USA
- Historical Archaeology in Mexico
- The North American Fur Trade in Historical and Archaeological Perspective
- ‘Remotely Global’ Village Life in Interior West Africa
- Historical Archaeology in Central America
- The Gibbs Farmstead: The Archaeology of Material Life in Southern Appalachia
- Indians, Africans, and Europeans: Social Pluralism in Early Colonial New York
- Beyond Squanto and the Pilgrims: Indians and Europeans in New England
- Modern-World Archaeology
- Missionization, Māori, and Colonial Warfare in Nineteenth-Century New Zealand
- Lessons from Ethnic Studies: Collaborative Directions for Asian American Historical Archaeology
Abstract and Keywords
This chapter provides a brief review of the archaeology of French colonial Louisiana, covering the period of nominal French control over the Lower Mississippi Valley and Gulf Coast between 1699 and 1768. The authors situate major archaeological findings from Lower Louisiana within a framework that questions the territorial and material sovereignty of empire. It is not simply that ‘the French’ failed to execute a master plan, but rather that colonialism on the ground never conformed to the spatial imaginaries of mapmakers. The classic heuristic division of ‘Native American’, ‘French’, and ‘African’ as the three hearths of Louisiana’s creole culture breaks down almost immediately upon studying the lived practices of specific village, fort, and plantation sites. Colonial zones were spatially porous, temporally undulant, and materially hybrid.
D. Ryan Gray, University of New Orleans, Department of Anthropology. D. Ryan Gray is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of New Orleans, specializing in urban historical archaeology. His research focuses on race, urban development, auto-construction, and the spatial logics of slum clearance. He is currently developing a long-term archaeological research project involving Storyville, New Orleans’ quasi-legal red light district, often considered a birthplace of jazz.
Shannon Lee Dawdy, University of Chicago, Department of Anthropology. Shannon Lee Dawdy, Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Chicago, is an anthropologist whose work combines archaeological, archival, and ethnographic methods with a focus on the Gulf of Mexico from colonization to the present. Themes of her work include colonialism, informal economies, social inequality and conflict, aesthetics, and temporality. She has been conducting archaeological research in New Orleans since 1994, primarily on French Quarter and colonial period sites. Dawdy is the author of Building the Devil's Empire: French Colonial New Orleans (University of Chicago Press 2008). She is currently completing a book on the human relationship to antique things (heirlooms, historic houses, ruins, collectible junk), based on archaeology and ethnographic interviews with Katrina survivors.
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