Capitalism and Cloves: An Archaeology of Plantation Life on by Sarah K. Croucher

By Sarah K. Croucher

This research of nineteenth-century clove plantations on Zanzibar presents a tremendous contribution to debates in worldwide old archaeology. Broadening plantation archaeology past the Atlantic international, this paintings addresses plantations run by way of Omani Arab colonial rulers of Zanzibar. Drawing on archaeological and historic facts, this ebook argues for the necessity to study non-Western contexts of colonialism and capitalism as coeval with these within the North Atlantic global. This paintings explores issues of capitalism, colonialism, plantation landscapes, African Diaspora groups, gender and sexuality, in the neighborhood produced and imported items in historical contexts, and Islamic old archaeology.

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We now know that stone towns developed 34 2 Why Clove Plantations: East African Archaeology, History, and Anthropology s­equentially from wattle-and-daub structures, but during the second millennium AD, many elegant stone houses and mosques were constructed in towns around the Swahili region (Garlake 1966; Horton 1996). Ceramics shifted from the more broadly shared Tana tradition during this period.  248).  207). Fleisher argues that these bowls were important in feasting rituals, a vital part of the cementing of power in growing urban centers.

This is primarily through archaeological data; drawing heavily on evidence from survey and excavation it examines the way in which jewelry and mass-produced ceramics were consumed by different households across plantations. ” This means that social relations and social status was commonly mediated through the use of imported goods which had to be purchased for cash (Prestholdt 2008). Clove plantations, despite their centrality in capitalist production on the islands during the nineteenth-century, had to this point not been examined as a part of the growth of consumerism in Eastern Africa during the nineteenth-century.

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