By Gavin Lucas
This booklet examines how colonial identities have been developed within the Cape Colony of South Africa seeing that its institution within the 17th century as much as the 20th century. it's an explicitly archaeological procedure yet which additionally attracts extra generally on documentary fabric to envision how assorted humans within the colony – from settler to slave – developed identities via fabric tradition. The e-book explores 3 key teams: The Dutch East India corporation, the loose settlers and the slaves, via a couple of archaeological websites and contexts. With the archaeological facts, the publication examines how those various teams have been enmeshed inside of racial, sexual, and sophistication ideologies within the broader context of capitalism and colonialism, and attracts widely on present social concept, particularly post-colonialism, feminism and Marxism. This booklet is aimed basically at archaeologists, yet also will allure historians and people attracted to cultural concept and fabric tradition stories. in particular, ancient archaeologists and scholars of old archaeology often is the fundamental readership and purchasers.
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The only inspiration it has yet caused has been the thirst of Silver. A Man from whom it has derived its name, with an intention to make his fortune at the expense of the folly and ignorance of the Dutch East India Company, melted a number of Spanish Dollars and produced a Mass of Silver of which he said he had discovered the Mine. A Bargain was immediately struck and a great sum paid down to Simons, who was to conduct the Mine and supply the Company with whatever quantity should be wanted, and in the mean time the Mass was converted into a Chain to suspend the Keys of the Castle Gates as an ocular proof of their riches, and it still remains in the same service, a memorial of Dutch credulity, for Simons never found the Mine, nor the Company their expected riches.
Of these, only one man could be identified as lasting the whole course, the stijger, Johan Leendert Voogt. In 1746, five men from a nearby garrison (at Klapmuts) came to help as well as six more from Cape Town later in the year—though again, these may have replaced other men. In the same year, a total of 18 slaves also arrived to work on the mines. Two masons come to work there t h a t year too, and the following year, two carpenters, along with six more labourers. On average during its peak, it would seem t h a t the mineworks were probably home to around 16-22 company men and 12-18 slaves, making the population around 30-40 people in total.
The second commander of the garrison, Zacharias Wagenaer who oversaw the construction of the new Castle, also requested potters to be sent out to provide a supply of basic utilitarian vessels for his men. The VOC pottery works was established in 1665 and operated throughout the 18th century, and its output has been found on numerous archaeological sites. 5). Despite local production however, there was only a small market for these products; people at the Cape, both VOC and burghers preferred porcelain or metal, as archaeological assemblages and inventories attest.
An Archaeology of Colonial Identity: Power and Material Culture in the Dwars Valley, South Africa by Gavin Lucas