A Historical Archaeology of the Modern World

  • Charles E. OrserJr.

Part of the Contributions to Global Historical Archaeology book series (CGHA)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Charles E. Orser Jr.
    Pages 1-28
  3. Charles E. Orser Jr.
    Pages 29-55
  4. Charles E. Orser Jr.
    Pages 57-88
  5. Charles E. Orser Jr.
    Pages 89-106
  6. Charles E. Orser Jr.
    Pages 107-129
  7. Charles E. Orser Jr.
    Pages 131-158
  8. Charles E. Orser Jr.
    Pages 159-182
  9. Charles E. Orser Jr.
    Pages 183-204
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 205-247

About this book


This unique book offers a theoretical framework for historical archaeology that explicitly relies on network theory. Charles E. Orser, Jr., demonstrates the need to examine the impact of colonialism, Eurocentrism, capitalism, and modernity on all archaeological sites inhabited after 1492 and shows how these large-scale forces create a link among all the sites. Orser investigates the connections between a seventeenth-century runaway slave kingdom in Palmares, Brazil and an early nineteenth-century peasant village in central Ireland. Studying artifacts, landscapes, and social inequalities in these two vastly different cultures, the author explores how the archaeology of fugitive Brazilian slaves and poor Irish farmers illustrates his theoretical concepts. His research underscores how network theory is largely unknown in historical archaeology and how few historical archaeologists apply a global perspective in their studies. A Historical Archaeology of the Modern World features data and illustrations from two previously unknown sites and includes such intriguing findings as the provenance of ancient Brazilian smoking pipes that will be new to historical archaeologists.


archaeology of the Modern World artifacts historical archaeology network theory social inequalities

Authors and affiliations

  • Charles E. OrserJr.
    • 1
  1. 1.Illinois State UniversityNormalUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag US 1996
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4757-8990-4
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4757-8988-1
  • Series Print ISSN 1574-0439
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