The Archaeology of Interdependence

European Involvement in the Development of a Sovereign United States

  • Douglas C. Comer

Part of the SpringerBriefs in Archaeology book series (BRIEFSARCHAE, volume 1)

Also part of the SpringerBriefs in Archaeological Heritage Management book sub series (BRIEFSARCHHERIT, volume 1)

About this book


The publication explores the ways in which archaeological research can inform us about the manner and motives of European involvement in the development of a sovereign United States. The five chapters  focus on different archaeological sites (four terrestrial sites) and each consider the special ways in which archaeology can contribute to our understanding of the cultural dynamics that set the historic course of events in motion that culminated in United States sovereignty. An introduction and conclusion examine how the material culture that is the central focus of archaeological research should be preserved, managed, and interpreted.

While much is known through historical documents, this volume seeks to enrich, modify, and challenge the written record by attention to the archaeological remains. The scale of analysis ranges from the artifact through the site to the landscape. Chapters address the changing relationships between specific European countries and the United States as indicated by the presence of artifacts or types of artifacts (e.g., weapons, domestic, architectural) made or traded by other countries during different time periods; an analysis of “space syntax” seen at battlefields or fortifications; the importance of conceptually reconstructing terrain crossed by troops or at battlefields. The Archaeology of Interdependence: European Involvement in the Development of a Sovereign United States presents innovative investigations of what material culture at all scales might tell us about the political, economic, or ideological relationships among cultures that corroborates, contradicts, or enriches the historic record.


American history and material culture War of 1812 and cultural heritage management archaeological remains of War of 1812 archaeology of War of 1812 battle of Princeton and archaeology development of the United States of America and archaeology historical conflict and archaeology historical preservation of sites of War of 1812 battlefields maritime archaeology and War of 1812 weapons archaeology and American history

Authors and affiliations

  • Douglas C. Comer
    • 1
  1. 1.Heritage Mgmt (ICAHM)Int Committee on ArchaeologicalBaltimoreUSA

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  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2013
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Humanities, Social Sciences and Law
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4614-6027-5
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4614-6028-2
  • Series Print ISSN 1861-6623
  • Series Online ISSN 2192-4910
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