An Archaeology of History and Tradition: Moments of Danger by Christopher N. Matthews

By Christopher N. Matthews

As the rules of the trendy international have been being laid at the start of the nineteenth century, Annapolis, Maryland, pointed out itself because the historic urban. This strange appellation has served Annapolis into the current as a urban that has continuously outlined and redefined for itself what being historical capacity. the method of historic acceptance and upkeep that has performed out in Annapolis offers precious insights into the best way smooth americans commonly have come to understand and use the prior.

Though usually conceived to be in competition, modernity and culture might be paired as cultural options that permit the trendy international to be articulated with the culture it was hoping to exchange. The a number of histories and ancient landscapes derived from archaeological investigations in Annapolis are provided to teach that the actual global under the skin of town has been outlined by way of buildings of modernity in tandem with the survival of convinced traditions.

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The western and northern counties of the state stretching out towards fertile wheat-growing valleys, coal-producing districts, and, ultimately, to the Ohio River, where the immense produce of the newly settled West could be transported to the urban populations ofthe eastern seaboard and abroad to Europe and the West Indies, were deemed valuable. The southern and eastern counties were not, and in these places the basis to the economy changed little between the Revolution and Civil War. Slave-based plantations whose products were sold through trading houses to northern and European consumers remained the norm.

While the city survived, for the next two generations it essentially remained unchanged. Within Maryland, Annapolis was increasingly, though unwillingly, peripheralized by the political economic structures of Baltimore that focused interests and investment in the development of other parts of the state. Relief came to Annapolis in 1845 when the city was chosen to be the site of the United States Naval Academy. The Academy brought new meaning to the town in the form of new capital and the national recognition of Annapolis as a significant place.

N. Matthews, An Archaeology of History and Tradition © Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers, New York 2002 Chapter 2 18 the archaeology of the Bordley-Randall site in Annapolis which, as the principle subject matter of this book, provides the material focus of these narrative constructions about the past in Annapolis over time. THE HISTORICAL mSTORICAL PROCESS OF ANNAPOLIS Annapolis, Maryland, is located on a peninsula of land on the south side of ofthe the Severn River, near its mouth at the Chesapeake Bay (Figure 2).

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