An American Landscape Conversation

  • Lu Ann De Cunzo
  • Nedda Moqtaderi
Part of the Contributions To Global Historical Archaeology book series (CGHA)


As interpretive landscape archaeologists, we practice a form of historical ethnography. We strive for holism and seek to decenter master narratives through attention to the multilocality of places and the multivocality histories must embrace. Interpretation implies revelation and insight, and so we view landscapes as resource, stages, and surfaces manipulated for aesthetic and other expressive ends. In this essay, we apply these landscape concepts to understand the estates, farms, gardens, and buildings of northern Delaware. In particular, we explored the present and pasts of two duPont estates, Mt. Cuba and Coverdale Farm.


Agricultural Landscape Cultural Resource Historical Archaeology Master Narrative Landscape Archaeology 
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The authors thank the Board of Managers and staff of the Mt. Cuba Center, Inc., the staff of the Delaware Nature Society at Coverdale Farm, and the Board of Trustees of the Red Clay Reservation. Their visions and support made this research possible, and transformed the authors’ perspectives on the past and present of northern Delaware; for this especially, we are grateful. At Mt. Cuba, we owe special thanks to Executive Director Rick Lewandowski, and to Jeanne Frett, Ann Holloway, Bonnie Murray, and Gregory Wuthnow for their gracious assistance and support throughout our research. Researchers Jody Cross and Jason Smith assembled and organized volumes of documentary, graphic, and oral history at Mt. Cuba, and their insights have informed our presentation. At Coverdale Farm, we acknowledge the assistance kindly offered by Jim White, Michele Wales, and Jim Wolfer. Grants from Pamela du Pont Copeland and the Delaware Nature Society supported the research reported here; the interpretations are ours, as they must be. During her lifetime, Pamela Copeland inspired many with her passion for horticulture, native plants, and history. We are grateful to have had the opportunity to work with her, and experience her gardens.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of AnthropologyUniversity of DelawareNewarkUSA
  2. 2.WilmingtonUSA

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