Term of Award

Summer 2009

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Social Sciences (M.A.)

Document Type and Release Option

Thesis (open access)

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Creative Commons License
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Department of Sociology and Anthropology

Committee Chair

Sue Mullins Moore

Committee Member 1

Lisa Denmark

Committee Member 2

Steve Hale


Material culture is a vital component of archaeology. The identification and designation of artifacts and their uses can assist in contextualizing historical sites. At Mont Repose, a rice plantation inhabited during colonial and antebellum times, a structure has been partially excavated. Included in a collection of bone artifacts unearthed from this site are bone buttons, bone toothbrushes, bone handfan parts, bone lice combs, and artifacts thought to be parts of a needle case or a Yoruba status item. These items display a high degree of manipulation and offer many interesting hypotheses regarding slave plantation life. The bone artifacts associated with this building have helped the faculty and students responsible for this work better understand the possible occupation and activities that took place within.

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