CONVERSATIONS ABOUT THE PAST
Jorge supervising kids at the plantation (in addition to his other work, Jorge has taught archaeology classes to children from the Brazoria County Historical Museum)
his Master's Degree at the University of Houston, working
under the supervision of Ken Brown, and has been very
involved in the creation of this web site. His master's
thesis was on the "Munitions
Maker/Blacksmith's Cabin". He presented a paper
on this work at the Annual Meetings for the Society for Historical
Archaeology in January 1998. Here is the abstract for
During the excavations conducted at the Levi Jordan Plantation, a cabin was investigated that indicates that it was utlized as the residence of an individual who worked lead, manufactured lead shot, and possibly other metal objects. This has been labeled as the "Smith's Cabin". At the Jordan Plantation, excavations have shown western artifacts being used in African cultural contexts. These findings indicated that although these Africans and African Americans were no longer in their original cultural settings, they still retained some of their African cultural beliefs. This cabin is being examined in order to see the differential use of space, to identify the role of the "Smith" in the community, and the beliefs surrounding this role. These beliefs are being examined to see how the "Smith" participated in the internal structure of the tenant community on the Levi Jordan Plantation.
Jorge has agreed to put part of his master's thesis, "A Munitions Maker's Cabin: An Archaeological Investigation at the Levi Jordan Plantation, Brazoria County, Texas" on this web site. This was written later than the paper he gave in January of 1998, so if you read both you may see some changes in his thinking.
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