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Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Emery, Jason A.
URN etd-11112004-100046
Title What Do Tin-Enameled Ceramics Tell Us? Explorations of Socio-Economic Status through the Archaeological Record in Eighteenth-Century Louisiana: 1700-1790
Degree Master of Arts (M.A.)
Department Geography & Anthropology
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Paul Farnsworth Committee Chair
Miles Richardson Committee Member
Rebecca Saunders Committee Member
  • natchez
  • natchitoches
  • new orleans
  • archaeology
  • french colonial
  • majolica
  • pointe coupee
  • faience
Date of Defense 2004-10-28
Availability unrestricted
This thesis examines the presence and distribution of tin-enameled earthenwares in what was colonial Louisiana at nine archaeological sites: Madame John's Legacy (16OR51), the ca. 1730s French Colonial Barracks (16OR136), the Lower Pontalba Building (16OR209), Galveztown (16AN39), French Site I (16PC80), the Bicentennial Gardens (22AD999), Los Adaes (16NA16), the American Cemetery (16NA67), and the Chamard House site (16NA100). To examine the ceramic diversity, a comprehensive classificatory system is proposed, with discussion and classification of vessel forms.

Ceramic diversity was anticipated to be patterned following geographic and economic lines; however, this was not substantiated through the analysis of the general body of tin-enameled ceramics. This study raises questions about the patterning of Spanish-style tin-enameled wares, provides a suggested tin-enameled signature for French colonial sites in the second half of the eighteenth century, but most importantly it provides baseline data about the decorative style of faience in the state of Louisiana.

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