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International Handbook of Historical Archaeology

  • David  Gaimster
  • Teresita Majewski

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xx
  2. Section 1 Themes Issues and Approaches

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Mary C. Beaudry
      Pages 17-29
    3. Donald H. Keith, Toni L. Carrell
      Pages 105-139
    4. Mark P. Leone
      Pages 159-168
    5. Teresita Majewski, Michael Brian Schiffer
      Pages 191-207
    6. Carolyn L. White, Mary C. Beaudry
      Pages 209-225
    7. Michael J. O’Brien, R. Lee Lyman
      Pages 227-252
    8. Patrick E. Martin
      Pages 285-297

About this book


In studying the past, archaeologists have focused on the material remains of our predecessors. Prehistorians generally rely almost exclusively on the diverse material record for their understanding of past societies and their behavior. Those involved in studying historically documented cultures not only have extensive material remains but also contemporary texts, images, and a range of investigative methods to enable them to build a broader and more reflexive picture of how past societies, communities, and individuals operated and behaved. Increasingly, historical archaeology refers not to a particular period, place, or a method, but rather to an approach that interrogates the tensions between artifacts and texts irrespective of context. In short, historical archaeology provides direct evidence for how humans have shaped the world we live in today.                                                                                                           The 35 essays in the International Handbook of Historical Archaeology have been specially commissioned from leading researchers in their fields, creating a wide-ranging digest of the increasingly global field of historical archaeology that will be an essential addition to any library. Authors include both senior and junior scholars and represent the major sectors where historical archaeologists are employed today—the cultural resource/heritage management industry, universities, government agencies, and museums. The volume is divided into two sections, the first reviewing the key themes, issues, and approaches of historical archaeology today, and the second containing a series of case studies charting the development and current state of historical archaeological practice around the world. The contributions to the handbook include unique topical and regional syntheses not found in historical archaeological compendia published to date. This key reference work captures the energy and diversity of this global discipline today, and its format and content are particularly suitable for classroom use.


Archaeological Theory and Issues Archaeology of the Modern World Geographical Global Cases Post Medieval Archaeology archaeological practice artifacts colonialism global archaeology historical archaeology industrial archaeology methodology resource conflict socio-economic archaeology zooarchaeology

Editors and affiliations

  • David  Gaimster
  • Teresita Majewski

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Bibliographic information

  • Book Title International Handbook of Historical Archaeology
  • Editors Teresita Majewski
    David Gaimster
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2009
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Humanities, Social Sciences and Law Social Sciences (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-0-387-72068-5
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-4419-9922-1
  • eBook ISBN 978-0-387-72071-5
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XX, 698
  • Number of Illustrations 129 b/w illustrations, 1 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Archaeology
    Cultural Heritage
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