Charleston: An Archaeology of Life in a Coastal Community

Charleston: An Archaeology of Life in a Coastal Community

by Martha A. Zierden, Elizabeth J. Reitz

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Charleston, South Carolina, is one of the most storied cities of the American South. Well known for its historic buildings and landscape, its thriving maritime culture, and its role in the beginning of the American Civil War, many consider it the birthplace of historic preservation. In Charleston, Martha Zierden and Elizabeth Reitz—whose archaeological fieldwork in the city spans more than three decades—reveal a vibrant, densely packed city, where people, animals, and colonial activity carried on in close proximity. Examining animal bones and the ruins of taverns, markets, townhouses, and smaller homes, the authors consider the residential, commercial, and public life of the city and the dynamics of production, distribution, and consumption of goods and services that linked it with rural neighbors and global markets.

From early attempts at settlement and cattle ranching to the Denmark Vesey insurrection and efforts to improve the city’s drinking water, Zierden and Reitz explore the evolution of the urban environment, the intricacies of provisioning such a unique city, and the urban foodways and cuisine that continue to inspire Charleston’s culinary scene even today.

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ISBN-13: 9780813059679
Publisher: University Press of Florida
Publication date: 08/30/2016
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 352
File size: 13 MB
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About the Author

Martha A. Zierden is curator of historical archaeology at The Charleston Museum and has been involved in every major excavation in Charleston since 1980. Elizabeth J. Reitz, professor of anthropology at the University of Georgia, is coauthor of Zooarchaeology, second edition.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations ix

Foreword xiii

Preface xv

Acknowledgments xvii

1 Pots, Bones, and the Urban Landscape 1

Part I The Setting

2 Urban Archaeology in the Historic City of Charleston 17

3 The Bountiful Coast 33

4 Development of Charleston and the Lowcountry 54

Part II The City and Coast: The Eighteenth Century

5 Settlement 75

6 Raiding and Trading 91

7 Supplying the Early City 116

Part III City Life

8 Townhouse Life 145

9 The Commercial City 181

Part IV The Nineteenth Century

10 The Crowded City 205

11 Landscape Changes 232

12 Archaeology in the City, Archaeology of the City 255

Appendix 1 Reports for Charleston Sites 265

Appendix 2 List of Sites Studied 271

Appendix 3 Vernacular and Scientific Names for Plants and Animals 275

Appendix 4 Charleston Artifact Assemblage 283

Appendix 5 Master Species List by MNI and Time Period 289

Appendix 6 Richness, Number of Identified Specimens, MNI, and Specimen Weight by Time Period 293

Notes 297

References 311

Index 337

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