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A Case for Landmark Status

Paul A. Shackel

in New Philadelphia

Published by University of California Press

Published in print November 2010 | ISBN: 9780520266292
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520947832 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520266292.003.0010
A Case for Landmark Status

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The archaeology of New Philadelphia challenges the ways that historical archaeologists study race within communities. In the case of New Philadelphia, the development of historical context helps to get at the meaning of the relationship between identity and material culture. The historical archaeology work at New Philadelphia explores the everyday material culture of settlers of different racial and regional backgrounds and different genders. The gaming pieces found at New Philadelphia may be linked with the game known as mancala. The examination of material culture at New Philadelphia helps to provide a scenario of how goods were used to shape and create a community in a racist society. The National Historic Landmarks Committee recommended designation of New Philadelphia and it received unanimous approval. The secretary of the interior designated it in January 2009.

Keywords: New Philadelphia; race; identity; material culture; historical archaeology; mancala; Historic Landmarks Committee

Chapter.  6288 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Anthropology

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