By Gavin Lucas
This ebook examines how colonial identities have been developed within the Cape Colony of South Africa due to the fact its institution within the 17th century as much as the 20th century. it truly is an explicitly archaeological method yet which additionally attracts extra generally on documentary fabric to ascertain how diversified humans within the colony – from settler to slave – developed identities via fabric tradition. The e-book explores 3 key teams: The Dutch East India corporation, the unfastened settlers and the slaves, via a couple of archaeological websites and contexts. With the archaeological facts, the publication examines how those diversified teams have been enmeshed inside of racial, sexual, and sophistication ideologies within the broader context of capitalism and colonialism, and attracts generally on present social concept, particularly post-colonialism, feminism and Marxism. This ebook is aimed basically at archaeologists, yet also will allure historians and people drawn to cultural idea and fabric tradition reviews. particularly, historic archaeologists and scholars of old archaeology stands out as the basic readership and purchasers.
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Extra resources for An Archaeology of Colonial Identity: Power and Material Culture in the Dwars Valley, South Africa
The second account comes from the same John Barrow t h a t Lady Anne Barnard had written to, and who in his Travels in the Interior of South Africa pubhshed in London in 1801, says t h a t during the governorship of Simon van der Stel (the late 17th century), there was a man "... intent on making his fortune by imposing on the credulity and ignorance of the Company's servants, metlted down a quantity of Spanish dollars and presented the mass to the Governor as a specimen of silver from a rich mine t h a t he had discovered in the mountain (Simonsberg, which perpetuates the name of the Governor), meanwhile the mass of silver (which was mixed with gravel) was ordered to be manufactured into a chain to which the keys of the Castle gates should be suspended .
Both these latter followed actual plans sent from the Heren XVII in the Netherlands, which drew on conventional models of military fortification from northern Europe (Abrahams 1993; Hall et al. 1990a). e. the Castle) at Good Hope to the local context of Table Bay proved as difficult as the old fort, and it suffered similar problems of collapsing walls. Indeed, the disparity between the intended or ideal plan and the actual plan reveals the symbolic aspirations of the forts at Good Hope as much as, if not more t h a n its functional utility.
Indeed, like the earlier fort, the castle was never tested in conflict. As Hall has argued, the castle served as a symbol of Dutch colonial power and presence in the landscape as much as anything and in practice, this symbol was constantly being compromised by its inability to live up to its ideal (Hall et al. 1990a). Hall has also studied the town plans and architecture of Dutch colonial settlements to reveal the tensions between privilege and poverty or high and low in such contexts (Hall 1991a; 1992b; 2000: 57-60).
An Archaeology of Colonial Identity: Power and Material Culture in the Dwars Valley, South Africa by Gavin Lucas