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Commentary: Frontier Forts––Colonialism and the Construction of Dynamic Identities in North America

  • Kent G. LightfootEmail author
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Introduction

This special thematic collection in Historical Archaeology showcases the notable archaeological research that is currently being undertaken on frontier forts in North America. The authors detail the findings of recent investigations of forts established by agents of European nations and the United States as they penetrated the lands of indigenous peoples in the 1600s through the mid-1800s. They contribute to an impressively rich corpus of works on military and fur-trade sites that includes forts, embattlements, and battlefields, which “have probably received more attention from U.S. historical archaeologists than any other category of historical sites” (Starbuck 2011:2); see also Babits (2013b:3–4). While the earliest archaeological investigations were undertaken to aid in the restoration or reconstruction of military sites as places of historical significance, the field of military archaeology has attained much sophistication and now encompasses some of the most...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of AnthropologyUniversity of California, BerkeleyBerkeleyU.S.A.

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