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Beyond Stories: A Quantitative Approach to the Archaeology of Households, Neighborhoods, and Cities

  • Adrian Praetzellis
  • Mary Praetzellis
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Part of the Contributions To Global Historical Archaeology book series (CGHA)

Abstract

Although our topic—the development of research design in urban historical archaeology—would seem to be somewhat academic, it turns out to be a rather personal story. Reading up on the history of ideas in archaeology (e.g., Trigger, 1989), one might get the impression that the process of change has been largely an intellectual matter of dueling articles and influential symposia. And no doubt these things have played their role. This chapter, however, begins with the rest: the idiosyncratic, often random forces, as well as the personal preferences, that came together to create an approach to urban historical archaeology in California.

Keywords

Historical Archaeology City Block Archaeological Remains Faunal Remains Dwelling Type 
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Notes

Acknowledgments

Thanks to Mary Beaudry and Jim Symonds for inviting us to participate in their symposium at the SHA conference in York. This chapter is a combination of our paper presented there and an essay from our final report on the SF–80 Bayshore Project; the latter was funded by the California Department of Transportation. And although he did not contribute directly to this chapter, we have a great intellectual debt to Marley Brown III who, with us, devised the original research strategy for Sacramento so long ago. Without Bruce Owen, who did the statistical analysis referred to throughout this essay, there would be little to say. So, thank you Bruce for your patience and insights.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Anthropological Studies Center, Sonoma State UniversityRohnert ParkUSA

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