Contributions To Global Historical Archaeology

A Historical Archaeology of the Modern World

Authors: Orser Jr., Charles E.

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This unique book offers a theoretical framework for historical archaeology that explicitly relies on network theory. Charles E. Orser, Jr., demonstrates the need to examine the impact of colonialism, Eurocentrism, capitalism, and modernity on all archaeological sites inhabited after 1492 and shows how these large-scale forces create a link among all the sites. Orser investigates the connections between a seventeenth-century runaway slave kingdom in Palmares, Brazil and an early nineteenth-century peasant village in central Ireland. Studying artifacts, landscapes, and social inequalities in these two vastly different cultures, the author explores how the archaeology of fugitive Brazilian slaves and poor Irish farmers illustrates his theoretical concepts. His research underscores how network theory is largely unknown in historical archaeology and how few historical archaeologists apply a global perspective in their studies. A Historical Archaeology of the Modern World features data and illustrations from two previously unknown sites and includes such intriguing findings as the provenance of ancient Brazilian smoking pipes that will be new to historical archaeologists.

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`Fascinating to read...well-written and well-edited. It has now become the historical archaeological companion to Eric Wolf's Europe and the People Without History.'
The Midden

`This book will be of value to serious students of history, archaeology, anthropology, and other social sciences who are interested in the development of the modern world. By adopting its framework, archaeologists will also be challenging the artificial barriers between the so-called academic and compliance-oriented investigations by acting in unison.'
Current Anthropology, August-October 1998

Table of contents (8 chapters)

  • A Crisis in Historical Archaeology

    Orser, Charles E.

    Pages 1-28

  • Men, Women, Nets, and Archaeologists

    Orser, Charles E.

    Pages 29-55

  • The Haunts of Historical Archaeology

    Orser, Charles E.

    Pages 57-88

  • The Haunts Confer at Gorttoose

    Orser, Charles E.

    Pages 89-106

  • The Entangled World of Artifacts

    Orser, Charles E.

    Pages 107-129

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
A Historical Archaeology of the Modern World
Authors
Series Title
Contributions To Global Historical Archaeology
Copyright
1996
Publisher
Springer US
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media New York
eBook ISBN
978-1-4757-8988-1
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4757-8988-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-306-45173-7
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4757-8990-4
Series ISSN
1574-0439
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVI, 248
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