Over winter break, MA Student Steve Filoromo received the Ed and Judy Jelks Student Travel Awards at the Annual Conference for Historical and Underwater Archaeology hosted by the Society for Historical Archaeology and the Advisory Council on Underwater Archaeology. The conference was held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania from January 6 through January 9, with the theme “Enduring and Elusive Freedoms.”
At the conference, Steve presented his work entitled “Landscapes and Lived Spaces: Preliminary Survey of a 19th Century Enslaved and Emancipated Community at the North End Site (9MC81), Creighton Island, GA.” This research extends from Dr. Elliot Blair’s ongoing research program on Creighton Island, Georgia. The presentation abstract is as follows:
Tabby ruins along the marsh and bits of historic ceramic strewn across the surface of the North End Site (9MC81) on Creighton Island, GA, are among the only traces left of a once vibrant African American Postbellum and earlier enslaved Antebellum community. Combining the results of a systematic shovel test pit survey and excavations in 2018 and 2021, we explore the spatial organization of the antebellum and postbellum communities’ domestic space at the North End Site (9MC81). The preliminary results presented here provide important insights concerning the spatial organization of the communities lived spaces.