Browse by Subject: Anthropology and Archaeology

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Unearthing St. Mary's City: Fifty Years of Archaeology at Maryland's First Capital

This volume summarizes the remarkably diverse archaeological discoveries made during the past half century of investigations at the site of St. Mary’s City, the first capital of Maryland and one of the earliest European settlements in America.

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A History of Platform Mound Ceremonialism: Finding Meaning in Elevated Ground

This book presents a temporally and geographically broad yet detailed history of an important form of Native American architecture, the platform mound, revealing unexpected continuities in moundbuilding over many thousands of years.

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Heritage and the Existential Need for History

In a sweeping survey of archaeological sites dating from a span of thousands of years and located across continents, this book asks fundamental questions about the place of cultural heritage in Western society.

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Maya Kingship: Rupture and Transformation from Classic to Postclassic Times

Examining changes to the institution of divine kingship from 750 to 950 CE in the Maya lowland cities, this volume presents a new way of studying the collapse of that civilization and the transformation of political systems between the Terminal Classic and Postclassic Periods.

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Finding Fairness: From Pleistocene Foragers to Contemporary Capitalists

Providing a sweeping, archaeologically grounded view of human history, Justin Jennings explores the origins, endurance, and elasticity of ideas about fairness and how these ideas have shaped the development of societies at critical moments over the last 20,000 years.

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Trowels in the Trenches: Archaeology as Social Activism

Presenting examples from the fields of critical race studies, cultural resource management, digital archaeology, environmental studies, and heritage studies, this volume demonstrates the many different ways archaeology can be used to contest social injustice.

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Revolting Things: An Archaeology of Shameful Histories and Repulsive Realities

In this book, Paul Mullins examines a wide variety of material objects and landscapes that induce anxiety, provoke unpleasantness, or simply revolt us, looking at the way the material world shapes how we imagine, express, and negotiate difficult historical experiences.

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The Historical Turn in Southeastern Archaeology

This volume uses case studies to capture the recent emphasis on history in archaeological reconstructions of America’s deep past, representing a profound shift in thinking about precolonial and colonial history and helping to erase the false divide between ancient and contemporary America.  

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The Timucuan Chiefdoms of Spanish Florida: Volume I: Assimilation

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The Valkyries’ Loom: The Archaeology of Cloth Production and Female Power in the North Atlantic

Michèle Hayeur Smith uses Viking textiles as evidence for the little-known work of women in the Norse colonies that expanded from Scandinavia across the North Atlantic in the 9th century AD.