2. Catholic Artefacts in a Protestant Landscape: A Multi-Vocal Approach to the Religiosity of Jamestown’s Colonists
Travis G. Parno
In this chapter, the authors discuss the meanings that the discovery of ancient religious artefacts, a lead crucifix, brass medallion, and two jet rosary beads, can evoke. The authors affirm that while historical events are generally documented in extensive detail, disconnects often exist between the written word and lived experiences. In recognition of this reality, and the polyvalent nature of meaning and identity, we argue that a multi-vocal approach is necessary in any attempt to access these entangled moments. Moreover, we recognize that due to the dialogical nature of fieldwork, interpretations and publications, the possibilities of the past are only bound by our own imaginations and interactions (after Joyce 2002).