Browse by Subject: Anthropology and Archaeology

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Everyday Religion: An Archaeology of Protestant Belief and Practice in the Nineteenth Century

Everyday Religion reveals how Second Great Awakening ideals affected consumption and daily life as much as socioeconomic status, purchasing power, access to markets, and other social factors. 

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Slavery behind the Wall: An Archaeology of a Cuban Coffee Plantation

Cuba had the largest slave society of the Spanish colonial empire. At Santa Ana de Biajacas the plantation owner sequestered slaves behind a massive masonry wall. In the first archaeological investigation of a Cuban plantation by an English speaker, Theresa Singleton explores how elite Cuban planters used the built environment to impose a hierarchical social order upon slave laborers.

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Rethinking Colonialism: Comparative Archaeological Approaches

Inciting a critical examination of the lasting consequences of ancient and modern colonialism on descendant communities, this wide-ranging volume includes essays on Roman Britain, slavery in Brazil, and contemporary Native Americans.

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Ancient Maya Cities of the Eastern Lowlands

Using data collected from different sites throughout the lowlands, including the Vaca Plateau and the Belize River Valley, Brett Houk presents the first synthesis of these unique ruins and discusses methods for mapping and excavating them.

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The Archaeology of Race in the Northeast

This collection of essays looks at both new sites and well-known areas to explore race, resistance, and white supremacy in the region.

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The Archaeology of Ethnogenesis: Race and Sexuality in Colonial San Francisco, Revised Edition

In this interdisciplinary study, Barbara Voss examines religious, environmental, cultural, and political differences at the Presidio of San Francisco, California, to reveal the development of social identities within the colony.

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Building the Past: Prehistoric Wooden Post Architecture in the Ohio Valley–Great Lakes

This comprehensive examination of sites in the Ohio Valley, going as far north as Ontario, integrates structural engineering and wood science technology into the toolkit of archaeologists. 

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Ancestors of Worthy Life: Plantation Slavery and Black Heritage at Mount Clare

Presents a rich and contextualized study of the inextricably entangled lives of the enslaved, free blacks, and white landowners.

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A Desolate Place for a Defiant People: The Archaeology of Maroons, Indigenous Americans, and Enslaved Laborers in the Great Dismal Swamp

Daniel Sayers exposes and unravels the complex social and economic systems developed by defiant communities that thrived on the periphery.

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Ceramic Production in Early Hispanic California: Craft, Economy, and Trade on the Frontier of New Spain

In the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, much of what is now the western United States was known as Alta California, a distant corner of New Spain. The presidios, missions, and pueblos of the region have yielded a rich trove of ceramics materials, though they have been sparsely analyzed in the literature. Ceramic Production in Early Hispanic California examines those materials to reinterpret the economic position of Alta California in the Spanish Colonial Empire.