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Living on the Edge

KENNETH G. KELLY and MEREDITH D. HARDY

in French Colonial Archaeology in the Southeast and Caribbean

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print August 2011 | ISBN: 9780813036809
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780813041841 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5744/florida/9780813036809.003.0009
Living on the Edge

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Archaeological excavations provide evidence of actions and beliefs of past peoples. Material culture is the physical reality of the belief systems of non-isolated culture groups and is indicative of the dynamic nature of social contact, interaction, and exchange. In this chapter, the ethos of the eighteenth-century French-Colonial Gulf-Coast region via foodways and cuisine is examined, as are design elements evident on the ceramics that were selected, purchased, and used. Through an examination of context, one can better understand processes of cultural change and expression via borrowing, adaptation, and creolization.

Keywords: foodways; Gulf Coast; ceramics; cooking; interaction; creolization

Chapter.  12021 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History and Theory of Archaeology

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