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The Movement of People and Things in the Capitania de Pernambuco: Challenges for Archaeological Interpretation

  • Scott Joseph AllenEmail author
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Part of the Contributions To Global Historical Archaeology book series (CGHA, volume 35)

Abstract

Interpretive difficulties in the archaeology of contact in Northeastern Brazil came to light after several field seasons conducted on the Serra da Barriga, location of the principal village of the famed seventeenth-century runaway slave society of Palmares. As in most regions during European expansion and colonization, the Brazilian northeast experienced upheavals that touched upon every aspect of life, complex processes that have not been adequately conceptualized through current practice. This chapter presents the research conducted to date in the region, as well as some of the issues that have influenced interpretations, ranging from cultural-politics to a poor understanding of the archaeological record owing to deeply rooted concepts of identity and materiality in Brazilian historical archaeology.

Keywords

Archaeological Site Sixteenth Century Archaeological Record Historical Archaeologist Archaeological Research 
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Notes

Acknowledgments

Many individuals and institutions have contributed to, and continue to support, archaeological research on the Serra da Barriga and in the region known as the Serrana dos Quilombos. At the risk of omissions, I should recognize the following as particularly important to the current study: students and researchers of the Núcleo de Ensino e Pesquisa Arqueológico (ICS/UFAL) and the research group Diásporas, Contatos e Fronteiras (PPGARQ/UFPE); the current inhabitants of the Serra da Barriga; Conselho Nacional de Desenvolvimento Científico e Tecnológico (CNPq/MCTI) (grants 303832/2010–0 and 401631/2010–9); Conselho Nacional de Direitos Difusos (CFDD/SDE/MJ); Fundação Cultural Palmares; Prefeitura Municipal de União dos Palmares; Instituto Magna Mater; and Centro Arqueológico Palmarino. Special thanks to Dr. Marcos Albuquerque, coordinator of the Laboratório de Arqueologia Histórica (UFPE) for providing access to the extensive pipe collections. Finally, I thank Professors Javier Laviña and Natalia Moragas for the invitation to participate in the symposium, Sociedades en Contacto em América Latina: Prehispanico e Colonial, held at the Universitat de Barcelona, which provided the initial forum for discussing several of the ideas presented here. Finally, a special thank you to Mary Beaudry and Travis Parno for the invitation to participate in this project. As always, the fault for any errors and omissions contained in the foregoing text resides with the author.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Departamento de ArqueologiaUniversidade Federal de PernambucoRecifeBrazil

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