The Ramseys at Swan Pond: The Archaeology and History of an East Tennessee Farm

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März 2008



The Ramsey House was built in 1797 for Col. Francis Alexander Ramsey, a prominent early settler of East Tennessee who, along with his two sons J. G. M. Ramsey and William B. A. Ramsey, shaped the physical and cultural landscape of what would become Knox County and Knoxville, Tennessee. The one-hundred-acre homestead, referred to by Colonel Ramsey as Swan Pond, contained the Ramsey home as well as other outbuildings and slave quarters. In 1952, the Association for the Preservation of Tennessee purchased the tract of land, and the Ramsey House is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Charles H. Faulkner began archaeological investigations at the Ramsey House in 1985 and concluded his work with his retirement from the University of Tennessee's Anthropology Department in 2005. During his tenure with the Ramsey House Archaeological Project, Faulkner and his team of scholars and students unearthed the prehistory of Native American occupation at Swan Pond, evidence of extensive early renovations to the Ramsey House and surrounding Swan Pond, and a multitude of ceramics and other artifacts left behind by the Ramsey family and other tenants ranging from the late 1700s to the 1950s. Faulkner's research in The Ramseys at Swan Pond reveals the material culture and family lifeways of early wealth in East Tennessee and offers insights into the responsibilities Ramsey and his family undertook in order to tame an early American frontier. Faulkner provides the reader a complete overview of the excavations and emphasizes the importance of historic research within the discipline of archaeology. The Ramseys at Swan Pond will be of interest to anyone studying historic archaeology, theearly American frontier, and Tennessee history.

EAN: 9781572336094
ISBN: 1572336099
Untertitel: Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: März 2008
Seitenanzahl: 168 Seiten
Format: gebunden
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