Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The Central Places of Albemarle Sound: Examining Transitional Maritime Economies through Archaeological Site Distribution
by Leuchtmann, Amy C., M.A., East Carolina University, 2011, 212; 1493515
Abstract (Summary)

Historical evidence shows that the Albemarle Sound region has a long history of maritime trade. As technologies improved, early settlers moved beyond simple subsistence farming to expand extensive maritime trade networks along the coast as well as to Europe and the West Indies. Ports along the sound and the rivers flowing in to it acted as economic distribution centers for surrounding agrarian communities. Through the centuries, this region's economic systems evolved, undergoing transitions in transportation and trade practices. This thesis analyzes over two hundred vessels lost in the Albemarle Sound region to emphasize signatures of the economic transitions found in the archaeological record. Trends highlighted in the database are also compared to the historical record in an effort to gain a more comprehensive understanding of the maritime economic history of the Albemarle Sound region.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Richards, Nathan
Commitee: Babits, Lawrence, Cantelas, Frank, Stewart, David
School: East Carolina University
Department: History
School Location: United States -- North Carolina
Source: MAI 49/06M, Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Archaeology, American history
Keywords: Albemarle Sound, Maritime economy, North Carolina, Shipwrecks
Publication Number: 1493515
ISBN: 9781124660073
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