Historical Archaeology / Edition 1

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Overview

This volume offers lively current debates and case studies in historical archaeology selected from around the world, including North America, Latin America, Africa, the Pacific, and Europe.

  • Authored by 19 experts in the field.
  • Explores how historical archaeologists think about their work, piecing together information from both material culture and documents in an attempt to understand the lives of the people and societies they study.
  • Engages with current theory in an accessible manner.
  • Truly global in its approach but avoids subsuming local experiences of people into global patterns.
  • Summarizes not only the current state of historical archaeology, but also sets the course for the field in decades to come.
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"This book should be essential reading (and reference) for any student of historical archaeology but even more than that it should be essential reading for all non-historical archaeology archaeologists so that they can understand what it is that we actually do!" (Australian Archaeology)

"Historical Archaeology is a deservedly self-assured, forward-looking book that insightfully frames many contemporary issues in ways that will stimulate ongoing research and assist a generation of students to become contributors to the goal of developing a global historical archaeology. It should make its way to the top of your pile of things to read." (Northeast Historical Archaeology)

"Reveals the discipline flourished with international growth, acquiring sophistication associated with the best works by archaeologists. This textbook is a major step … essential reading for students, teachers, and archaeologists worldwide." (American Antiquity)

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Meet the Author

Martin Hall is Vice-Chancellor of the University of Salford, Greater Manchester, and was formerly Professor of Historical Archaeology at the University of Cape Town, South Africa.

Stephen W. Silliman is Assistant Professor of Anthropology, University of Massachusetts, Boston.

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Table of Contents

1 Introduction : archaeology of the modern world 1
2 Environments of history : biological dimensions of historical archaeology 23
3 Material culture and text : exploring the spaces within and between 42
4 The place of space : architecture, landscape, and social life 65
5 Critical archaeology : politics past and present 84
6 Engendered archaeology : men, women, and others 107
7 Ideology and the material culture of life and death 128
8 Struggling with labor, working with identities 147
9 Exploring the institution : reform, confinement, social change 167
10 A class all its own : explorations of class formation and conflict 190
11 Conquistadors, plantations, and quilombo : Latin America in historical archaeological context 209
12 Gold, black ivory, and houses of stone : historical archaeology in Africa 230
13 Becoming American : small things remembered 251
14 Missions, furs, gold, and manifest destiny : rethinking an archaeology of colonialism for Western North America 272
15 Pacific encounters, or beyond the islands of history 293
16 The tide reversed : prospects and potentials for a postcolonial archaeology of Europe 313
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