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Historical Archaeology

, Volume 20, Issue 2, pp 38–46 | Cite as

The archaeology of historical land use in Massachusetts

  • Mary C. Beaudry
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Abstract

The ways in which a broadly conceived study of land use at historical homesites affects both methodological and theoretical approaches to the archaeology of the household are discussed. Special attention is given to ideological factors that resulted in manipulation of domestic landscapes as a means of social display; to the need for an archaeology that can provide a detailed chronological perspective on changing land use over time; and to the methods appropriate to such a study. An approach incorporating primary documentary research, social history, architectural history, and archaeological evidence in order to understand landscape alteration, waste and water management, and outbuilding construction as these relate to changes in household composition and economics is outlined. Examples from published studies and ongoing research are cited in order to illustrate the potential contributions of such an approach to the archaeology of domestic sites.

Keywords

Historical Archaeology Historical Land Boston Harbor American Archeology Landscape Treatment 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mary C. Beaudry
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of ArchaeologyBoston UniversityBostonUSA

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