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Doing Business As Name:Vanderbilt University
  • Steven A Wernke
  • (615) 343-6120
  • Gabriela d Ore Menendez
Award Date:07/07/2020
Estimated Total Award Amount: $ 25,187
Funds Obligated to Date: $ 25,187
  • FY 2020=$25,187
Start Date:07/15/2020
End Date:06/30/2023
Transaction Type:Grant
Awarding Agency Code:4900
Funding Agency Code:4900
CFDA Number:47.075
Primary Program Source:040100 NSF RESEARCH & RELATED ACTIVIT
Award Title or Description:Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant: Legacies of Colonial Dislocation and Resettlement
Federal Award ID Number:2024316
DUNS ID:965717143
Parent DUNS ID:004413456
Program:Archaeology DDRI
Program Officer:
  • John Yellen
  • (703) 292-8759

Awardee Location

Street:Sponsored Programs Administratio
Awardee Cong. District:05

Primary Place of Performance

Organization Name:Vanderbilt University
Cong. District:05

Abstract at Time of Award

Using the concept of landesque capital—the cumulative investments of labor on durable improvements to the land and its continued maintenance—this research examines how a traditional colonized community responded to forced changes in their traditional settlement pattern. First required to abandon a long-occupied homeland the group was resettled in centralized villages. However following resettlement in some cases group members reclaimed traditional areas. This research examines in detail both the abandonment and reclaimation process. It asks, what are the spatial and temporal patterns of the abandonment of some irrigation and field systems (and not others), and what are the spatial and temporal patterns of those that were later reclaimed. The team will use a pedestrian archaeological survey and satellite remote sensing image analysis to investigate the construction, maintenance, abandonment, and reclamation of agricultural field and irrigation systems. These methods provide a unique opportunity to scale up beyond locality-level case studies toward regional scale analysis. The research complements traditional analyses of colonial written sources through a spatially-integrated archaeological, remote sensing, and ethnohistorical approach, which will, in turn, enable locality- to regional-perspectives on colonial mass resettlement. Ultimately, this research will enable a clearer understanding of both the traumas caused by forced resettlement and the varied forms of resilience of communities, as they forged new relationships to their built agricultural landscapes. This award reflects NSF's statutory mission and has been deemed worthy of support through evaluation using the Foundation's intellectual merit and broader impacts review criteria.

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