The American Experience in Archaeological Perspective

Edited by Michael S. Nassaney and Krysta Ryzewski

Series Description:

The American Experience in Archaeological Perspective series was established by the University Press of Florida and founding editor Michael S. Nassaney in 2004. This prestigious historical archaeology series focuses attention on a range of significant themes in the development of the modern world from an Americanist perspective. Each volume explores an event, process, setting, institution, or geographic region that played a formative role in the making of the United States of America as a political, social, and cultural entity. These comprehensive overviews underscore the theoretical, methodological, and substantive contributions that archaeology has made to the study of American history and culture. Rather than subscribing to American exceptionalism, the authors aim to illuminate the distinctive character of the American experience in time and space.  While these studies focus on historical archaeology in the United States, they are also broadly applicable to historical and anthropological inquiries in other parts of the world. To date the series has produced more than two dozen titles. Prospective authors are encouraged to contact the Series Editors to learn more.

Watch our informational webinar hosted by series editors Michael S. Nassaney and Krysta Ryzewski, contributing author Jane Eva Baxter, and acquiring editor Mary Puckett. Read about the history and future direction of the series here.

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Michael S. Nassaney

Krysta Ryzewski

There are 30 books in this series.

Please note that while you may order forthcoming books at any time, they will not be available for shipment until shortly before publication date

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The Archaeology of Consumer Culture

Americans have long identified themselves with material goods. In this study, Paul Mullins sifts through this continent's historical archaeological record to trace the evolution of North American consumer culture.

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The Archaeology of Forts and Battlefields

This book discusses some of the most dynamic archaeological projects that have been conducted at many of the most exciting forts and battlefields throughout the United States.

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The Archaeology of American Capitalism

Christopher Matthews offers a fresh look at the historic material culture and social meaning of capitalism in this wide-ranging and compelling study. 

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The Archaeology of Clothing and Bodily Adornment in Colonial America

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The Archaeology of American Labor and Working-Class Life

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The Archaeology of Alcohol and Drinking

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The Archaeology of North American Farmsteads

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The Archaeology of Race and Racialization in Historic America

Orser shows how historical archaeology can contribute to the study of race through the conscious examination of material culture. He argues that race has not always been defined by skin color; through time, its meaning has changed.

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The Archaeology of Institutional Confinement

Casella exposes the diversity of power relations that structure many of America's confinement institutions. She weaves together themes of punishment, involuntary labor, personal dignity, and social identity.

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The Archaeology of Collective Action