In Small Things Forgotten: An Archaeology of Early American Life

In Small Things Forgotten: An Archaeology of Early American Life

by James Deetz
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In Small Things Forgotten: An Archaeology of Early American Life 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a classic book, still used in most archaeology curriculums in the US. Deetz's writing is not only clear and informative to the archaeologist but easily accessible to the average reader with an interest in history, archaeology and social analysis. This is a book that many people have told me created a real "aha" moment and created a shift in how they saw their world. I own this on hard copy, but also got a version for my Nook.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
For in-depth historians this is a must; for casual readers, not so much. But to follow the reasoning of a scholar pioneering a new hybrid discipline is a privilege. James Deetz was my first Anthropology professor and memorably charismatic, so even now I can imbue his written words with visions of his expressions. He draws theoretical conclusions about Colonial America from archaeological digs and written historical records combined, and interprets African influences showing up in objects and house styles both in Colonial New England and the South. The reader "gets it" that each new piece of evidence, when its place in the general field of knowledge can be tentatively determined, is exciting and valuable.
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