ONLINE SPEAKER EVENT: Danielle Dadiego on “Local Adaptations to a Colonial Economy in Spanish La Florida”

Join SCAS for a talk by Danielle Dadiego on “Local Adaptations to a Colonial Economy in Spanish La Florida”

DATE: October 15, 2020
TIME: 7:00 – 8:00 PM (Pacific)**RSVP by 5:00 PM on October 15, 2020** RESERVATION ONLY & SPACE LIMITED, WITH PREFERENCE TO CURRENT SCAS MEMBERS. PLEASE NOTE: This meeting will take place online using Zoom


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Danielle’s research combines archival research, traditional artifact analysis, and chemical composition and isotopic analysis of glass beads and lead shot using Laser Ablation-Inductively Coupled Plasma-Mass Spectrometry (LA-ICP-MS) and acid dissolution to study the role that both colonial and native people played in disrupting or contributing to colonial economic institutions. Glass beads are ubiquitous on colonial period sites, common trade items for Europeans, and, most importantly, socially charged items within native thought-worlds. Lead shot is equally ubiquitous; however, it is considered a mundanely functional item. Although broadly recovered from sites, lead shot and monochrome glass beads lack diagnostic physical or stylistic characteristics that would facilitate interpretations of production, distribution, and use patterns. Innovations in methodological techniques, including LA-ICP-MS, allow the use of formerly ignored artifact categories to trace the distribution of goods across the landscape. These chemical methods are used in conjunction with a close examination of historical documents to provide evidence of how goods moved through colonial and indigenous communities, foregrounding the importance of economic agency among settlers and natives, even when these practices challenged idealized models of mercantilism and colonial government regulations.

Danielle Dadiego is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and will be receiving her degree this year. She received her B.A. in Geography-Anthropology from the University of Southern Maine, an M.A. in Anthropology from the University of West Florida, a second M.A. in Anthropological Archaeology from UCSC, and she is a member of the Register of Professional Archaeologists. Ms. Dadiego’s knowledge of North American archaeology spans the time frame from the precontact to the American periods. She has worked for museums, universities, and cultural resource management firms in the Northeast, Southeast and on the West coast. Her research interests and specialties include paleography, chemical analysis, indigenous exchange, and illicit economies.

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