Browse by Subject: Anthropology and Archaeology

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Leprosy: Past and Present

Through an unprecedented multidisciplinary and global approach, this book documents the dramatic 7,000-year history of leprosy using bioarchaeological, clinical, and historical information from a wide variety of contexts, dispelling many longstanding myths about the disease.

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Archaeology in Dominica: Everyday Ecologies and Economies at Morne Patate

This volume examines the everyday lives of enslaved and free workers at Morne Patate, an eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Caribbean plantation, helping document the under-represented history of slavery and colonialism on the edge of the British Empire.

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The Making of Mississippian Tradition

Christina Friberg investigates the influence of Cahokia, the largest city of North America’s Mississippian culture between AD 1050 and 1350, on smaller communities throughout the midcontinent. This book offers a new, more nuanced interpretation of how and why Mississippian lifeways developed.

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Historical Sex Work: New Contributions from History and Archaeology

Exploring the sex trade in America from 1850 to 1920 through perspectives from archaeologists and historians, this volume expands the geographic and thematic scope of research on the subject, helping create an inclusive and nuanced view of social relations in United States history.

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A Struggle for Heritage: Archaeology and Civil Rights in a Long Island Community

Based on ten years of collaborative, community-based research, this book examines the history of race and racism in a mixed-heritage Native American and African American community on Long Island’s North Shore, demonstrating how archaeology can be an activist voice for a vulnerable population’s civil rights.

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Modeling Entradas: Sixteenth-Century Assemblages in North America

This volume brings together leading archaeologists working across the American South to offer a comprehensive, comparative analysis of Spanish entrada assemblages, providing insights into the sixteenth-century indigenous communities of North America and the colonizing efforts of Spain.

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The Real Business of Ancient Maya Economies: From Farmers’ Fields to Rulers’ Realms

A timely synthesis of the latest research and perspectives on ancient Maya economics, this volume illuminates the sophistication and intricacy of economic systems in the Preclassic, Classic, and Postclassic periods.   

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Repatriation and Erasing the Past

Engaging a current controversy important to archaeologists and indigenous communities, this volume takes a critical look at laws that mandate the return of human remains from museums and laboratories to ancestral burial grounds, offering scientific and legal perspectives on the ways repatriation laws impact research.

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The Archaeology of the Logging Industry

In this book, John Franzen surveys archaeological studies of logging sites across the nation from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, explaining how material evidence found at these locations illustrates key aspects of the American experience during this era.