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not written by Rebecca Barrera, so is in the third
person. Whenever she has time to write about herself,
these will change to HER words!
Rebecca is a student at the University of Houston, and has been involved in the Levi Jordan Plantation project for some time. In addition to helping with both historical and archaeological research, she presented a paper about her work to the 1998 Annual Meetings of the Society for Historical Archaeology. Her abstract is below:
"The Jordan Plantation: Black and White Interpretations of the 'Backyard'"
Considerable archaeological investigation has been conducted at the Levi Jordan Plantation, with the primary focus being the slave and tenant quarters. Although this investigation has revealed a significant amount of information about the African American community, it has not generated information concerning the interactions between the black and white members of the plantation community as a whole. In order to glean this type of information, extensive excavation and surveying was conducted in the "backyard" of the Main House area. This area presents a longer history and is one of the few area where the interaction between slave, tenant and planter can be demonstrated. This paper examines three time periods: slavery, tenancy, and post-tenancy. By examining the evolution of the use of this space, including building functions, building use and disuse, and living areas, the alterations in these roles can be discovered in light of freedom versus slavery.
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