Historical Archaeology: Why the Past Matters

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2007-01-31
  • Publisher: TAYLOR & FRANCIS

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What is historical archaeology and why is it important? Barbara Little, long-time archaeologist with the National Park Service, addresses these key questions for introductory students in this concise, inexpensive, and well-written text. Little covers the goals of historical archaeological work, the kinds of questions asked, and the ethical and political concerns addressed. She shows what historical archaeology can provide that neither of its parent disciplines can offer alone. She offers brief snapshots of key American sites: Jamestown, St. Augustine, West Oakland, the African American Burial Ground, the Garbage Project, among others. And she shows how historical archaeology is inextricably linked to public education, justice issues, and our collective understanding of the past. As an introductory guide for historical archaeology courses, or as a supplement for other undergraduate classes, this volume is unmatched in quality and scope.

Table of Contents

Do History and Historical Archaeology Matter?
What are Our Ambitions?
The Goals of Historical Archaeology
Preserving and Interpreting Sites
Rewriting Documentary History
Reconstructing People's Ways of Life
Improving Archaeological Methods
Understanding Modernization and Globalization
What Do We Care About?
A Questioning Attitute
Defining Our Topics
Colonialism, Capitalism, and Slavery
What is our Evidence?
Ideology, Ambiguity and Muted Groups
Ethical Considerations
A Windshield Survey of Historical Archaeology
Introduction to a Windshield Survey of Historical Archaeology
The Survival of the English Colony at Jamestown
Mission San Luis de Talimali
Enclosure of the English Countryside
Capitalism, the Georgian Order, and a Woman
Australia's Convict Past
African American Life
The Machine in the Garden
The Inner-City working class
Garbage and Garbage-in-Waiting
Historical Archaeology as Public Scholarship
Introcustion to Public Archaeology
Public Memory and Public Places
Education and Outreach
What about the Painful Past?
History and the Culture Wars
Civic Renewal and Restorative Justice
Transformative Learning
Some Closing Thoughts
Further Readings
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