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By Daniel O. Sayers

“Shows how colonialism and slavery created sustained reviews of yankee capitalism and created the stipulations for power resistance. those groups signify a principally unrecognized, substitute announcement of independence. they seem to be a a part of global background that's really revolutionary.”—Mark P. Leone, writer of The Archaeology of Liberty in an American Capital
“Addresses key historic and theoretical debates of the archaeology of the African diaspora. Theoretically complicated and methodologically rigorous, it's the first critical research to find maroon teams within the Chesapeake.”—Frederick H. Smith, writer of The Archaeology of Alcohol and Drinking
“Sayers makes use of archaeology to inform a compelling tale of ways alienated humans chanced on safe haven within the alien panorama of the nice Dismal Swamp. the following they created their very own lifestyle, freed from the exploitation and alienation that they escaped. His paintings is helping us to higher comprehend the historical past of defiance within the Antebellum South and increases very important theoretical matters for all archaeologists learning diasporic communities.”—Randall H. McGuire, writer of Archaeology as Political Action
within the 250 years ahead of the Civil warfare, the nice Dismal Swamp of Virginia and North Carolina was once a brutal landscape—2,000 sq. miles of undeveloped and unforgiving wetlands, peat bathrooms, impenetrable foliage, and unsafe creatures. It was once additionally a protecting shelter for marginalized members, together with local american citizens, African-American maroons, unfastened African american citizens, and outcast Europeans.

within the first thorough archaeological exam of this certain zone, Daniel Sayers exposes and unravels the advanced social and fiscal platforms constructed by means of those defiant groups that thrived at the outer edge. He develops an analytical framework in response to the complicated interaction among alienation, diasporic exile, asymmetric geographical improvement, and modes of creation to argue that colonialism and slavery unavoidably created sustained evaluations of yankee capitalism. 

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In its southeast corner, the refuge conjoins with North Carolina Great Dismal Swamp State Park, a much smaller tract that is open to visitors and the public. The refuge is surrounded on all sides by state highways and roads that, in the main, run right alongside its boundaries while farm fields and wooded tracts generally stand across those roads, opposite the morass. The refuge is accessible today by any of a series of monitored gates along its western and southern boundaries. Also, small boats can access Lake Drummond by way of the Feeder Ditch, an east–west-running canal that connects Lake Drummond with the Dismal Swamp Canal.

2 But Lake Drummond is the only permanent body of water in the swamp, and as such it has been a draw for human beings for millennia (figure 9). Since 1763, canals have been excavated across the Great Dismal and have had, collectively, great impacts on hydrological, geological, and biological systems. Pre–Civil War canals certainly had incredible impacts on natural processes in the morass, especially, perhaps, the Dismal Swamp Canal that was cut through Figure 9. Lake Drummond in the central area of Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge, a locus of human activity for millennia up through the present, view east-southeast (GDSLS Photo Collection, 2005).

Along the courses of these drainages and rivers, you see a relatively vibrant tree and plant community, while you also observe the flatness of the land between such channels some forty to sixty feet below where you stand. You detect small areas of water ponding and lagoonal puddling in the flat areas. On the distant horizon—a mile, two miles, several miles distant—you see occasional rising hills, sometimes standing alone, sometimes standing in clusters, and sometimes appearing as relatively long ridges.

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