The Archaeology of North American Farmsteads / Edition 1 available in Paperback
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- University Press of Florida
From the early colonial period to the close of World War II, life in North America was predominantly agrarian and rural. Archaeological exploration of farmsteads unveils a surprising quantity of data about rural life, consumption patterns, and migrations across the continent.
Mark Groover offers both case studies and an overview of current trends in farmstead archaeology in this exciting new work. He also proposes a research design and makes numerous suggestions for evaluating (and re-evaluating) the significance of farmsteads as an archaeological resource. His chronological survey of farmstead sites throughout numerous regions of North America provides fascinating insights to students, cultural resource management professionals, or general readers interested in learning more about what material culture remains can teach us about the American past.
Farmstead archaeology is a rapidly expanding component of historical archaeology. This book offers important lessons and information as more sites become victims of ever-accelerating development and urbanization.
|Publisher:||University Press of Florida|
|Series:||American Experience in Archaeological Pespective Series|
|Product dimensions:||5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)|
About the Author
Mark D. Groover, assistant professor of anthropology at Ball State University, is the author of An Archaeological Study of Rural Capitalism: The Gibbs Farmstead in Southern Appalachia.
Table of Contents
List of Figures ix
List of Tables xi
Preface and Acknowledgments xvii
Why Study Farm Sites? 1
The Archaeology of Farmsteads and Rural Life 11
Colonial Farmsteads 31
Federal and Antebellum Farmsteads 68
Postbellum and Twentieth-Century Farmsteads 96
Future Directions in the Archaeology of Farmsteads: Constructing Regional Models of Rural Material Life 127
References Cited 131