The Exotic in Daily Life: Trade and Exchange in Historical Archaeology



This chapter provides a brief overview of perspectives on trade, exchange, exoticism through the lens of historical archaeology. It is argued that at no point can we evaluate objects without consideration for how they were incorporated into daily life. Exchange was not just material, but also ideological, and we must be attentive to the social relations of exchange. Rather than locating our attention on points of manufacture and exchange, this chapter provides some consideration for how the exchange of material goods and the incorporation of distant things into daily life allowed for new constructions and understandings of social identity.


Material Culture Historical Archaeology Native Woman Foreign Object Identity Construction 
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  1. 1.Peabody Museum of Archaeology and EthnologyHarvard UniversityCambridgeUSA

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