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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. Twelve case studies define a new field, which will attract the attention of a range of students and scholars outside archaeology, in particular, historical sociologists and historians.

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"This is an important and timely volume." American Journal of Archaeology
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521779753
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 12/28/2001
  • Series: New Directions in Archaeology Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 206
  • Product dimensions: 7.44 (w) x 9.69 (h) x 0.43 (d)

Meet the Author

Alan Mayne is Associate Professor in the Department of History, University of Melbourne. His publications include Fever, Squalor and Vice (1982), Represent the Slum (1991), The Imagined Slum (1993), and The Reluctant Italians (1997). Tim Murray is Professor of Archaeology and Head of the School of Hisotircal and Archaeological Studies at La Trobe University. He has written, with Judy Birmingham, Historical Archaeology of Australia - A Handbook, and edited The Archaeology of Aboriginal Australia (1998), Time and Archaeology (1999), The Great Archaeologists 2 vols (1999), and (with Atholl Anderson) Australian Archaeologist (2000).

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction Alan Mayne and Tim Murray; Part I: 2. Slum journeys: ladies and London poverty 1860-1940 Ellen Ross; 3. Empty spaces: West Oakland, California Elaine-Maryse Solari; 4. Horstley Street, District Six Antonia Malan and Elizabeth van Heyningen; 5. New perspectives from Sydney's 'Rocks' district Grace Karskens; 6. Archaeology of Washington DC's alley life after the Civil War Barbara J. Little and Nancy J. Kassner; Part II: 7. The Sheffield Crofts, 1736-1836 Paul Belford; 8. Cultural space and worker identity in the company city Mary Beaudry and Stephen A. Mrozowski; 9. High times, low times and tourist floods Reginald Auger and William Moss; 10. Values and identity in the working class worlds of late nineteenth-century Minneapolis John P. McCarthy; 11. Imaginary landscapes Alan Mayne, Tim Murray, and Susan Lawrence; 12. New York city's five points Rebecca Yamin.

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