SpringerBriefs in Archaeological Heritage Management

The Archaeology of Interdependence

European Involvement in the Development of a Sovereign United States

Authors: Comer, Douglas C.

  • Explores how the struggle for world hegemony among European powers in the eighteenth and early nineteenth century was related to the development of a sovereign United States.
  • Examines the influence of anthropology on both archaeology and political science, and questions why archaeology today does not address questions more relevant to political science.
  • Case studies are from the North Atlantic and Mid-Atlantic regions of the United States, the Caribbean, and the Pacific Islands.
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The publication explores the ways in which archaeological research can inform us about the manner and motives of European involvement in the development of a sovereign United States. The five chapters  focus on different archaeological sites (four terrestrial sites) and each consider the special ways in which archaeology can contribute to our understanding of the cultural dynamics that set the historic course of events in motion that culminated in United States sovereignty. An introduction and conclusion examine how the material culture that is the central focus of archaeological research should be preserved, managed, and interpreted.

While much is known through historical documents, this volume seeks to enrich, modify, and challenge the written record by attention to the archaeological remains. The scale of analysis ranges from the artifact through the site to the landscape. Chapters address the changing relationships between specific European countries and the United States as indicated by the presence of artifacts or types of artifacts (e.g., weapons, domestic, architectural) made or traded by other countries during different time periods; an analysis of “space syntax” seen at battlefields or fortifications; the importance of conceptually reconstructing terrain crossed by troops or at battlefields. The Archaeology of Interdependence: European Involvement in the Development of a Sovereign United States presents innovative investigations of what material culture at all scales might tell us about the political, economic, or ideological relationships among cultures that corroborates, contradicts, or enriches the historic record.

About the authors

Douglas Comer has conducted archaeological heritage management projects around the world as Principal of Cultural Site Research and Management. He is Co-President of ICAHM. Dr. Comer is a specialist in the use of aerial and satellite images and GIS in archaeological research and resource management.

A former Fulbright scholar in Thailand in cultural resource management, he is the author of Ritual Ground: Bent's Old Fort, World Formation, and the Annexation of the Southwest (University of California Press, 1996), as well as many articles dealing with archaeological heritage management and remote sensing technologies.

Table of contents (5 chapters)

  • The American Wars of Independence as Elements of Global Cultural and Political Change

    Comer, Douglas

    Pages 1-14

  • Archaeology, Computer Technology, and the Battle of Princeton as a Cross-Cultural, Trans-Atlantic Encounter

    Selig, Robert A. (et al.)

    Pages 15-39

  • St. Eustatius: The Nexus for Colonial Caribbean Capitalism

    Gilmore, R. G.

    Pages 41-60

  • World Powers at Play in the Western Pacific: The Coastal Fortifications of Southern Cebu, Philippines

    Peterson, John A.

    Pages 61-79

  • Materiality and Meaning: The Search for the Rochambeau Camp in Fairfax County, VA

    Comer, Douglas

    Pages 81-107

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Archaeology of Interdependence
Book Subtitle
European Involvement in the Development of a Sovereign United States
Authors
Series Title
SpringerBriefs in Archaeological Heritage Management
Series Volume
1
Copyright
2013
Publisher
Springer-Verlag New York
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media, LLC
eBook ISBN
978-1-4614-6028-2
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4614-6028-2
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4614-6027-5
Series ISSN
2192-5313
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
V, 109
Number of Illustrations and Tables
5 b/w illustrations, 20 illustrations in colour
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