Contributions To Global Historical Archaeology

Interpreting the Early Modern World

Transatlantic Perspectives

Editors: Beaudry, Mary C., Symonds, James (Eds.)

  • Reflects a disciplinary shift towards making interpretive approaches part of mainstream archaeological practice
  • One of the few historical archaeological works to self-identify as "interpretive archaeology"
  • Takes a first step towards changing perception of historical archaeology
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Although historical archaeologists often explore similar themes, the intellectual traditions in the United States and the United Kingdom lead to differing interpretations of these themes. The contributions to this innovative volume provide a bridge between a US-based archaeologist and a UK-based archaeologist on the themes of landscape studies, urban archaeology, memory and memorialization, gender studies, the lives of industrial workers, and archaeological biographies. The chapters are not meant to stand in isolation, but rather provide a dialog between both groups. This work explores the strengths of interpretive historical archaeology in the US and the UK, as well as compare and contrast differing approaches. It aims to foster debate and productive collaborations between historical archaeologists from different geographic regions. It will of interest to UK and US-based archaeologists, as well as those performing interpretive historical archaeology in other regions who will benefit from the insights it provides.

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[The volume] is concerned with the practice of interpretive archaeology on historical period sites, and how approaches differ  between the Americas and the British Isles...the organization of this book, which presents one paper from either side of the Atlantic for each theme, allows for comparisons of approaches and ideas. Herein lies the strength of the volume: it is a composite piece, both self-reflective and critical....Together, these chapters demonstrate various challenges, in addition to the importance of developing a context-specific archaeological framework for site selection. This call for contextual research is furthered by Beaudry, who argues in her chapter that the experience of women cannot be wholly determined through the identification of 'female' objects, such as thimbles and bodkins. Her approach thereby challenges the use of norms when making archaeological interpretations...

Beaudry and Symonds' collection is a very readable, well-structured volume, and represents the potential of collaborative transnational research for understanding the recent past.
Katherine Fennelly, Post-Medieval Archaeology, 42/2, 2012


Table of contents (11 chapters)

  • An American Landscape Conversation

    Cunzo, Lu Ann (et al.)

    Pages 3-23

  • Estate Landscapes in England: Interpretive Archaeologies

    Williamson, Tom

    Pages 25-42

  • Beyond Stories: A Quantitative Approach to the Archaeology of Households, Neighborhoods, and Cities

    Praetzellis, Adrian (et al.)

    Pages 45-61

  • Stooping to Pick Up Stones: A Reflection on Urban Archaeology

    Symonds, James

    Pages 63-84

  • Passing for Black in Seventeenth-Century Maryland

    King, Julia A. (et al.)

    Pages 87-112

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Interpreting the Early Modern World
Book Subtitle
Transatlantic Perspectives
Editors
  • Mary C. Beaudry
  • James Symonds
Series Title
Contributions To Global Historical Archaeology
Copyright
2011
Publisher
Springer US
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media, LLC
eBook ISBN
978-0-387-70759-4
DOI
10.1007/978-0-387-70759-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-387-70758-7
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4614-2709-4
Series ISSN
1574-0439
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXII, 246
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