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This is a picture of David Bruner working in the Juden Cemetery, examining a gravestone..(need a better picture, Dave!)
received his Master's degree in Anthropology from the
University of Houston in 1996, and is now a
Ph.D.candidate in Anthropology at the University of New
York, Binghamton. His work at the Jordan Plantation was
on the cemetery in which many of the slave and tenants
were buried. He reported on this project at the 1998
Meetings of the Society for
Historical Archaeology. The abstract for his paper is
below, and the paper is
The Juden Cemetery was in active use during the time of slavery, through emancipation, and into recent decades. This research places the artifacts discovered in the Juden Cemetery in context with the artifacts recovered from the slave and tenant quarters, the historical documentation relating to the plantation, and the oral history of the community. By framing the contextual associations of the artifacts as part of a social dialogue, artifacts and features from the Juden Cemetery can be interpreted as symbols of community power and resistance. The symbolic attributes of these artifacts were hidden from Anglo-European surveillance through the re-use of material from the plantation landscape. Further, there is provocative evidence that the cognitive framework surrounding some of the symbolic forms found at the Jordan Plantation and the Juden Cemetery have been adapted from Kongo cosmological attributes.
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