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Two field seasons of survey-level research at the Spalding Plantation on Sapelo Island, Georgia have been devoted to locating wood frame slave cabins. Shown on an 1857 map, these structures are difficult to recognize archaeologically due to the scarcity of definitive architectural remains; in essence, no foundation elements survive when wooden frame cabins are set on blocks of wood, tabby, or brick that are robbed after the cabins are abandoned. However, indirect evidence for the presence of cabins may take the form of nail distributions that occur in an inversely spatial relationship with secondary refuse discard at this site: nails would be expected to mark the former cabin locations, and middens should occur adjacent to, rather than in, the cabin footprints. Using GIS, such spatial signatures have been tentatively identified on Sapelo Island.
College of Arts and Sciences
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Place of Publication
Archaeology -- Georgia -- McIntosh County; Antiquities; Archaeology
Sapelo Island (Ga.); McIntosh County (Ga.) -- Antiquities
F292.M15 H66 2010
Honerkamp, Nicholas, "Defining frame slave cabins at the Thomas Spalding Plantation, Sapelo Island, Georgia" (2010). Jeffrey L. Brown Institute of Archaeology Reports. 13.