The Archaeology of American Mining

Author: Paul J. White

Publisher: American Experience in Archaeo

ISBN: 9780813054551

Category: History

Page: 216

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Mining was, and remains, a crucial and controversial aspect of America's extracted economies. This monograph explores the various types of mining sites to be found in America. With over 400 years of relevant activity in North America, this overview discusses the broader cultural, social, and economic impacts of this vital industrial development.

The Archaeology of American Cities

Author: Nan A. Rothschild,Diana diZerega Wall

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780813049724

Category: Social Science

Page: 231

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“Unrivaled in scope. An essential work for urban historical archaeologists.”—Adrian Praetzellis, author ofDug to Death “An engaging and astonishingly comprehensive work that reveals just how much our knowledge of America's cities and the lives of city dwellers has been enriched through urban archaeology.”—Mary C. Beaudry, coeditor ofArchaeologies of Mobility and Movement American cities have been built, altered, redeveloped, destroyed, reimagined, and rebuilt for nearly 300 years in order to accommodate growing and shrinking populations and their needs. Urban archaeology is a unique subfield with its own peculiar challenges and approaches to fieldwork. Understanding the social forces that influenced the development of American cities requires more than digging; it calls for the ability to extrapolate from limited data, an awareness of the dynamics that drive urban development, and theories that can build bridges to connect the two. At the forefront of this exciting field of research, Nan Rothschild and Diana Wall are well suited to introduce this fascinating topic to a broad readership. Following a brief introduction, the authors offer specific case studies of work undertaken in New York, Philadelphia, Tucson, West Oakland, and many other cities. Ideal for undergraduates,The Archaeology of American Cities utilizes the material culture of the past to highlight recurring themes that reflect distinctive characteristics of urban life in the United States.

The Archaeology of Engagement

Conflict and Revolution in the United States

Author: Dana Lee Pertermann,Holly Kathryn Norton

Publisher: Texas A&M University Press

ISBN: 1623492947

Category: Social Science

Page: 192

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When a historic battlefield site is discovered and studied, the focus is often on the “hardware”: remnants of weaponry, ammunition, supplies, and equipment that archaeologists carefully unearth, analyze, conserve, and frequently place on display in museums. But what about the “software”? What can archaeology teach us about the humans involved in the conflict: their social mores and cultural assumptions; their use and understanding of power? In The Archaeology of Engagement: Conflict and Revolution in the United States, Dana L. Pertermann and Holly K. Norton have assembled a collection of studies that includes sites of conflicts between groups of widely divergent cultures, such as Robert E. Lee's mid-1850s campaign along the Concho River and the battles of the River Raisin during the War of 1812. Notably, the second half of the book applies the editors’ principles of conflict event theory to the San Jacinto Battlefield in Texas, forming a case study of one of America's most storied—and heavily trafficked—battle sites.

The Archaeology of Race and Racialization in Historic America

Author: Charles E. Orser

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780813031439

Category: History

Page: 213

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"Orser argues that race has not always been defined by skin color; through time its meaning has changed. The process of racialization has marked most groups who came to the United States in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and The Archaeology of Race and Racialization in Historic America demonstrates ways that historical archaeology can contribute to understanding a fundamental element of the American immigrant experience."--BOOK JACKET.

The Archaeology of Northern Slavery and Freedom

Author: James A. Delle

Publisher: American Experience in Archaeo

ISBN: 9780813056364

Category: History

Page: 256

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Although African slavery in the United States is generally associated with the South, the institution also existed in northern states as late as the 1840s, especially in large urban centers, such as Philadelphia and New York. Contrariwise, freed African Americans in the region established rural communities all their own and actively resisted the institution as a whole. The newest volume proposed for inclusion in the American Experience in Archaeological Perspective series, written by one of the leading scholars in the field of African Diaspora archaeology, is a synthetic analysis of recently published work on the subject (although no monograph exists on northern slavery). This volume provides a new perspective on the intricate connection between slavery and freedom in the United States. As Delle argues, scholars cannot understand slavery "in the absence of freedom."

Historical and Archaeological Perspectives on Gender Transformations

From Private to Public

Author: Suzanne M. Spencer-Wood

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 1461448638

Category: Social Science

Page: 430

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In many facets of Western culture, including archaeology, there remains a legacy of perceiving gender divisions as natural, innate, and biological in origin. This belief follows that men are naturally pre-disposed to public, intellectual pursuits, while women are innately designed to care for the home and take care of children. In the interpretation of material culture, accepted notions of gender roles are often applied to new findings: the dichotomy between the domestic sphere of women and the public sphere of men can color interpretations of new materials. In this innovative volume, the contributors focus explicitly on analyzing the materiality of historic changes in the domestic sphere around the world. Combining a global scope with great temporal depth, chapters in the volume explore how gender ideologies, identities, relationships, power dynamics, and practices were materially changed in the past, thus showing how they could be changed in the future.

Archaeology in America: An Encyclopedia [4 volumes]

An Encyclopedia

Author: Linda S. Cordell,Kent Lightfoot,Francis McManamon,George Milner

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 0313021899

Category: Social Science

Page: 1488

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The greatness of America is right under our feet. The American past—the people, battles, industry and homes—can be found not only in libraries and museums, but also in hundreds of archaeological sites that scientists investigate with great care. These sites are not in distant lands, accessible only by research scientists, but nearby—almost every locale possesses a parcel of land worthy of archaeological exploration. Archaeology in America is the first resource that provides students, researchers, and anyone interested in their local history with a survey of the most important archaeological discoveries in North America. Leading scholars, most with an intimate knowledge of the area, have written in-depth essays on over 300 of the most important archaeological sites that explain the importance of the site, the history of the people who left the artifacts, and the nature of the ongoing research. Archaeology in America divides it coverage into 8 regions: the Arctic and Subarctic, the Great Basin and Plateau, the Great Plains and Rocky Mountains, the Midwest, the Northeast, the Southeast, the Southwest, and the West Coast. Each entry provides readers with an accessible overview of the archaeological site as well as books and articles for further research.

The Art of Whitfield Lovell

Whispers from the Walls

Author: Whitfield Lovell,Lucy R. Lippard

Publisher: Pomegranate

ISBN: 9780764924477

Category: Art

Page: 128

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A graduate of Cooper Union in New York, Whitfield Lovell has been widely exhibited worldwide. His work is in such museums as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the National Museum of American Art, and the Seattle Art Museum. Inspired by his own background, global travels and research, and large collections of found objects and photographs of African Americans, Lovell creates tableaux and full-scale, site-specific installations, melding two-dimensional charcoal drawings with the three-dimensional objects. His works reveal African American spirituality and recall the memories and the heritage that define who African Americans are.

The Archaeology of Alcohol and Drinking

Author: Frederick Harold Smith

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780813032900

Category: Cooking

Page: 195

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From the Publisher: Through its complex history, alcohol has served many cultural functions, often constructive ones. For centuries it has been used as a valuable economic commodity, a medicinal tool, a focus of social gatherings, and a mechanism for psychological escape.

The Oxford Handbook of African Archaeology

Author: Peter Mitchell,Paul Lane

Publisher: OUP Oxford

ISBN: 0191626155

Category: Social Science

Page: 1080

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Africa has the longest and arguably the most diverse archaeological record of any of the continents. It is where the human lineage first evolved and from where Homo sapiens spread across the rest of the world. Later, it witnessed novel experiments in food-production and unique trajectories to urbanism and the organisation of large communities that were not always structured along strictly hierarchical lines. Millennia of engagement with societies in other parts of the world confirm Africa's active participation in the construction of the modern world, while the richness of its history, ethnography, and linguistics provide unusually powerful opportunities for constructing interdisciplinary narratives of Africa's past. This Handbook provides a comprehensive and up-to-date synthesis of African archaeology, covering the entirety of the continent's past from the beginnings of human evolution to the archaeological legacy of European colonialism. As well as covering almost all periods and regions of the continent, it includes a mixture of key methodological and theoretical issues and debates, and situates the subject's contemporary practice within the discipline's history and the infrastructural challenges now facing its practitioners. Bringing together essays on all these themes from over seventy contributors, many of them living and working in Africa, it offers a highly accessible, contemporary account of the subject for use by scholars and students of not only archaeology, but also history, anthropology, and other disciplines.

Another's Country

Archaeological and Historical Perspectives on Cultural Interactions in the Southern Colonies

Author: J.W. Joseph

Publisher: University of Alabama Press

ISBN: 0817311297

Category: History

Page: 282

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Leading historical archaeologists offer an engaging look at the rise and fall of cultural diversity in the colonial South and its role in shaping a distinct southern identity.

The Archaeology of Urban Landscapes

Explorations in Slumland

Author: Alan Mayne,Tim Murray

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521779753

Category: Social Science

Page: 192

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This exciting collection on a new movement in urban archaeology investigates the historical archaeology of urban slums. The stuff that is dug up--broken dinner plates, nails and plaster samples - will not quickly find its way into museum collections. But, properly interpreted, it yields evidence of lives and communities that have left little in the way of written records. Including twelve case studies, it maps out a new field, which will attract the attention of a range of students and scholars outside archaeology, in particular historical sociologists and historians.

Global Perspectives on Archaeological Field Schools

Constructions of Knowledge and Experience

Author: Harold Mytum

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9781461404330

Category: Social Science

Page: 253

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Archaeological field schools, notably in North America but also across the world, are seminal student experiences. They are also important vehicles by which research students and academic staff carry out fieldwork research, often away from the environs of their home institution. Field schools are teaching and research projects, but they also take place within a contemporary local context. This is the first ever collection of studies examining the tensions between teaching, research and local socio-cultural conditions, and explores the range of experiences associated with field schools. It will be of interest to all those wishing to attend a field school, whether as student or junior staff member, and for novice and experienced field school directors who can gain fresh insights from others’ experiences.

Unearthing Gotham

The Archaeology of New York City

Author: Anne-Marie E. Cantwell,Diana diZerega Wall

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 9780300097993

Category: History

Page: 384

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Relatively few books about American archaeology take a major metropolis like New York and attempt to piece together its long and complex history, but this book does just that. Approaching New York just as you would any other archaeological site, Cantwell and diZerega Wall trace the history, and archaeology, of its inhabitants from c.

Historical Archaeology in Georgia

Author: J. W. Joseph,Theresa M. Hamby,Catherine S. Long

Publisher: N.A


Category: Archaeology and history

Page: 260

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The SAA Archaeological Record

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A


Category: Archaeology

Page: N.A

View: 3586

The magazine of the Society for American Archaeology.

Power and Landscape in Atlantic West Africa

Archaeological Perspectives

Author: J. Cameron Monroe,Akinwumi Ogundiran

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1107009391

Category: History

Page: 390

View: 7842

"This volume applies insights drawn from the theories and methods of landscape archaeology to contribute to our understanding of the nature if West African societies in the Atlantic Era (17th-19th Centuries AD). The authors adopt a briad set of methods and approaches to tackle how the nature and structures of African political and social relations changed across regions in this period. This is only the second volume in a decade to focus on the archeology of this period in West Africa, and the first volume in sub-Saharan Africanist archeology to be focused in the recent past in oue sub-region of the continent from a coherent methodological and theoretical standpoint"--Provided by publisher.