In Small Things Forgotten Book
Score: 4
From 5 Ratings

In Small Things Forgotten


  • Author : James Deetz
  • Publisher : Anchor
  • Release Date : 2010-07-07
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 304
  • ISBN 10 : 9780307874382

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In Small Things Forgotten Excerpt :

History is recorded in many ways. According to author James Deetz, the past can be seen most fully by studying the small things so often forgotten. Objects such as doorways, gravestones, musical instruments, and even shards of pottery fill in the cracks between large historical events and depict the intricacies of daily life. In his completely revised and expanded edition of In Small Things Forgotten, Deetz has added new sections that more fully acknowledge the presence of women and African Americans in Colonial America. New interpretations of archaeological finds detail how minorities influenced and were affected by the development of the Anglo-American tradition in the years following the settlers' arrival in Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1620. Among Deetz's observations: Subtle changes in building long before the Revolutionary War hinted at the growing independence of the American colonies and their desire to be less like the British. Records of estate auctions show that many households in Colonial America contained only one chair--underscoring the patriarchal nature of the early American family. All other members of the household sat on stools or the floor. The excavation of a tiny community of freed slaves in Massachusetts reveals evidence of the transplantation of African culture to North America. Simultaneously a study of American life and an explanation of how American life is studied, In Small Things Forgotten, through the everyday details of ordinary living, colorfully depicts a world hundreds of years in the past.

In Small Things Forgotten Book
Score: 4
From 5 Ratings

In Small Things Forgotten


  • Author : James Deetz
  • Publisher : Anchor
  • Release Date : 1996-08-01
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 0
  • ISBN 10 : 0385483996

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In Small Things Forgotten Excerpt :

A fascinating study of American life and an explanation of how American life is studied through the everyday details of ordinary living, colorfully depicting a world hundreds of years in the past. History is recorded in many ways. According to author James Deetz, the past can be seen most fully by studying the small things so often forgotten. Objects such as doorways, gravestones, musical instruments, and even shards of pottery fill in the cracks between large historical events and depict the intricacies of daily life. In his completely revised and expanded edition of In Small Things Forgotten, Deetz has added new sections that more fully acknowledge the presence of women and African Americans in Colonial America. New interpretations of archaeological finds detail how minorities influenced and were affected by the development of the Anglo-American tradition in the years following the settlers' arrival in Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1620. Among Deetz's observations: Subtle changes in building long before the Revolutionary War hinted at the growing independence of the American colonies and their desire to be less like the British. Records of estate auctions show that many households in Colonial America contained only one chair—underscoring the patriarchal nature of the early American family. All other members of the household sat on stools or the floor. The excavation of a tiny community of freed slaves in Massachusetts reveals evidence of the transplantation of African culture to North America.

In Small Things Forgotten Book
Score: 4
From 5 Ratings

In Small Things Forgotten


  • Author : James Deetz
  • Publisher : Anchor
  • Release Date : 1996-08-01
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 303
  • ISBN 10 : 9780385483995

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In Small Things Forgotten Excerpt :

A fascinating study of American life and an explanation of how American life is studied through the everyday details of ordinary living, colorfully depicting a world hundreds of years in the past. History is recorded in many ways. According to author James Deetz, the past can be seen most fully by studying the small things so often forgotten. Objects such as doorways, gravestones, musical instruments, and even shards of pottery fill in the cracks between large historical events and depict the intricacies of daily life. In his completely revised and expanded edition of In Small Things Forgotten, Deetz has added new sections that more fully acknowledge the presence of women and African Americans in Colonial America. New interpretations of archaeological finds detail how minorities influenced and were affected by the development of the Anglo-American tradition in the years following the settlers' arrival in Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1620. Among Deetz's observations: Subtle changes in building long before the Revolutionary War hinted at the growing independence of the American colonies and their desire to be less like the British. Records of estate auctions show that many households in Colonial America contained only one chair—underscoring the patriarchal nature of the early American family. All other members of the household sat on stools or the floor. The excavation of a tiny community of freed slaves in Massachusetts reveals evidence of the transplantation of African culture to North America.

Uncommon Ground Book

Uncommon Ground


  • Author : Leland Ferguson
  • Publisher : Smithsonian Institution
  • Release Date : 2012-01-11
  • Genre: Social Science
  • Pages : 232
  • ISBN 10 : 9781588343581

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Uncommon Ground Excerpt :

Winner of the Southern Anthropological Society's prestigious James Mooney Award, Uncommon Ground takes a unique archaeological approach to examining early African American life. Ferguson shows how black pioneers worked within the bars of bondage to shape their distinct identity and lay a rich foundation for the multicultural adjustments that became colonial America.Through pre-Revolutionary period artifacts gathered from plantations and urban slave communities, Ferguson integrates folklore, history, and research to reveal how these enslaved people actually lived. Impeccably researched and beautifully written.

Historical Archaeology Book

Historical Archaeology


  • Author : Pedro Paulo A. Funari
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2013-03-07
  • Genre: Social Science
  • Pages : 376
  • ISBN 10 : 9781134816163

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Historical Archaeology Excerpt :

Historical Archaeology demonstrates the potential of adopting a flexible, encompassing definition of historical archaeology which involves the study of all societies with documentary evidence. It encourages research that goes beyond the boundaries between prehistory and history. Ranging in subject matter from Roman Britain and Classical Greece, to colonial Africa, Brazil and the United States, the contributors present a much broader range of perspectives than is currently the trend.

Archaeological Investigation Book

Archaeological Investigation


  • Author : Martin Carver
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2013-10-18
  • Genre: Social Science
  • Pages : 480
  • ISBN 10 : 9781136616839

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Archaeological Investigation Excerpt :

Drawing its numerous examples from Britain and beyond, Archaeological Investigation explores the procedures used in field archaeology travelling over the whole process from discovery to publication. Divided into four parts, it argues for a set of principles in part one, describes work in the field in part two and how to write up in part three. Part four describes the modern world in which all types of archaeologist operate, academic and professional. The central chapter ‘Projects Galore’ takes the reader on a whirlwind tour through different kinds of investigation including in caves, gravel quarries, towns, historic buildings and underwater. Archaeological Investigation intends to be a companion for a newcomer to professional archaeology – from a student introduction (part one), to first practical work (part two) to the first responsibilities for producing reports (part three) and, in part four, to the tasks of project design and heritage curation that provide the meat and drink of the fully fledged professional. The book also proposes new ways of doing things, tried out over the author’s thirty years in the field and brought together here for the first time. This is no plodding manual but an inspiring, provocative, informative and entertaining book, urging that archaeological investigation is one of the most important things society does.

The God of Small Things Book
Score: 4.5
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The God of Small Things


  • Author : Arundhati Roy
  • Publisher : Vintage Canada
  • Release Date : 2011-07-27
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 336
  • ISBN 10 : 9780307374677

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The God of Small Things Excerpt :

The beloved debut novel about an affluent Indian family forever changed by one fateful day in 1969, from the author of The Ministry of Utmost Happiness NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • MAN BOOKER PRIZE WINNER Compared favorably to the works of Faulkner and Dickens, Arundhati Roy’s modern classic is equal parts powerful family saga, forbidden love story, and piercing political drama. The seven-year-old twins Estha and Rahel see their world shaken irrevocably by the arrival of their beautiful young cousin, Sophie. It is an event that will lead to an illicit liaison and tragedies accidental and intentional, exposing “big things [that] lurk unsaid” in a country drifting dangerously toward unrest. Lush, lyrical, and unnerving, The God of Small Things is an award-winning landmark that started for its author an esteemed career of fiction and political commentary that continues unabated.

Critical Historical Archaeology Book

Critical Historical Archaeology


  • Author : Mark P Leone
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2016-09-16
  • Genre: Social Science
  • Pages : 248
  • ISBN 10 : 9781315431192

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Critical Historical Archaeology Excerpt :

How can we use the past to make sense of the issues and problems that concern us in the present? Mark Leone, the leading critical theorist in historical archaeology, urges archaeologists to view their discipline as an activist pursuit. This volume is partly his autobiographical reflection on a thirty five year career, part a collection of Leone’s classic writings on Annapolis, Williamsburg, Shakertown, St. Mary’s, and other key sites, and part a synthesis of his current thinking on how historical archaeology can engage the cultural and political issues of our time. Critical Historical Archaeology is an important summary of the work and thinking of one of our most thoughtful, influential archaeologists.

Archaeology Book

Archaeology


  • Author : Clive Gamble
  • Publisher : Psychology Press
  • Release Date : 2004
  • Genre: Social Science
  • Pages : 260
  • ISBN 10 : 0415346592

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Archaeology Excerpt :

A must for anyone considering the study of archaeology, designed to provide the reader with everything they should know when embarking on an archaeological course, whether A Level or first year undergraduate.

Historical Archaeology Book

Historical Archaeology


  • Author : Charles E. Orser, Jr.
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2016-08-05
  • Genre: Social Science
  • Pages : 412
  • ISBN 10 : 9781317297079

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Historical Archaeology Excerpt :

This book provides a short, readable introduction to historical archaeology, which focuses on modern history in all its fascinating regional, cultural, and ethnic diversity. Accessibly covering key methods and concepts, including fundamental theories and principles, the history of the field, and basic definitions, Historical Archaeology also includes a practical look at career prospects for interested readers. Orser discusses central topics of archaeological research such as time and space, survey and excavation methods, and analytical techniques, encouraging readers to consider the possible meanings of artifacts. Drawing on the author’s extensive experience as an historical archaeologist, the book’s perspective ranges from the local to the global in order to demonstrate the real importance of this subject to our understanding of the world in which we live today. The third edition of this popular textbook has been significantly revised and expanded to reflect recent developments and discoveries in this exciting area of study. Each chapter includes updated case studies which demonstrate the research conducted by professional historical archaeologists. With its engaging approach to the subject, Historical Archaeology continues to be an ideal resource for readers who wish to be introduced to this rapidly expanding global field.

What This Awl Means Book

What This Awl Means


  • Author : Janet Spector
  • Publisher : Minnesota Historical Society Press
  • Release Date : 2014-11-21
  • Genre: Feminist criticism
  • Pages : 161
  • ISBN 10 : 0873517571

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What This Awl Means Excerpt :

This pioneering work focuses on excavations and discoveries at Little Rapids, a 19th-century Eastern Dakota planting village near present-day Minneapolis.

Thinking from Things Book

Thinking from Things


  • Author : Alison Wylie
  • Publisher : Univ of California Press
  • Release Date : 2002-11-13
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 358
  • ISBN 10 : 9780520223608

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Thinking from Things Excerpt :

"No other work in this field covers the history of important conceptual issues in archaeology in such a deep and knowledgable way, bringing both philosophical and archeological sophistication to bear on all of the issues treated. Wylie’s work in Thinking from Things is original, scholarly, and creative. This book is for anyone who wants to understand contemporary archaeological theory, how it came to be as it is, its relationship with other disciplines, and its prospects for the future."—Merrilee Salmon, author of Philosophy and Archaeology "Wylie is a reasonable and astute thinker who lucidly and persuasively makes genuinely constructive criticisms of archaeological thought and practice and very useful suggestions for how to proceed. She commands both philisophy and archaeology to an unusual degree. Having her articles together in Thinking from Things, with much new material extending and integrating them, is a major contribution that will be widely welcomed among archaeologists—both professionals and students, philosophers and historians of science, and social scientists."—George L. Cowgill, Arizona State University

Method and Theory in Historical Archeology Book

Method and Theory in Historical Archeology


  • Author : Stanley A. South
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 2002-01-01
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 345
  • ISBN 10 : 0971242739

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Method and Theory in Historical Archeology Excerpt :

A welcome reprint of Stanley South's classic book on historical archaeology, originally written for a North American audience but as relevant to scholars working on industrial and historical archaeology in the Old World. One of the two or three most influential books in historical archaeology. The scientific approach outlined and practiced throughout this book still dominates the discipline - Mark P Leone, University of Maryland.

Material Culture Studies in America Book

Material Culture Studies in America


  • Author : Thomas J. Schlereth
  • Publisher : Rowman Altamira
  • Release Date : 1999
  • Genre: Social Science
  • Pages : 456
  • ISBN 10 : 0761991603

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Material Culture Studies in America Excerpt :

The country's leading authority on use of artifactual evidence in historical research collects twenty-five classic essays and gives his overview of the field of material culture.

The Times of Their Lives Book
Score: 4
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The Times of Their Lives


  • Author : James Deetz
  • Publisher : Anchor
  • Release Date : 2001-10-16
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 401
  • ISBN 10 : 9780385721530

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The Times of Their Lives Excerpt :

The utterly absorbing real story of the lives of the Pilgrims, whose desires and foibles may be more recognizable to us than they first appear. Americans have been schooled to believe that their forefathers, the Pilgrims, were somber, dark-clad, pure-of-heart figures who conceived their country on the foundation of piety, hard work, and the desire to live simply and honestly. But the truth is far from the portrait painted by decades of historians. They wore brightly colored clothing, often drank heavily, believed in witches, had premarital sex and adulterous affairs, and committed petty and serious crimes against their neighbors in surprisingly high numbers. Beginning by debunking the numerous myths that surround the landing of the Mayflower and the first Thanksgiving, James Deetz and Patricia Scott Deetz lead us through court transcripts, wills, probate listings, and rare firsthand accounts, as well as archaeological finds, to reveal the true story of life in colonial America.