Consumer Choice in Historical Archaeology

  • Suzanne M. Spencer-Wood

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Introduction

    1. Suzanne M. Spencer-Wood
      Pages 1-24
  3. Eighteenth-through Early Nineteenth-Century Commercial Agricultural Economy

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 25-29
    2. Sherene Baugher, Robert W. Venables
      Pages 31-53
    3. Suzanne M. Spencer-Wood, Scott D. Heberling
      Pages 55-84
    4. David A. Singer
      Pages 85-99
    5. Elizabeth J. Reitz
      Pages 101-119
    6. Charles E. Orser Jr.
      Pages 121-137
  4. Mid-Nineteenth-Century Commerce and Industrialization

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 139-142
    2. W. Stephen McBride, Kim A. McBride
      Pages 143-161
    3. Steven Judd Shephard
      Pages 163-198
    4. Paul M. Heberling
      Pages 199-216
    5. Charles H. LeeDecker, Terry H. Klein, Cheryl A. Holt, Amy Friedlander
      Pages 233-259
    6. Lu Ann De Cunzo
      Pages 261-295
  5. Late Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century Urban Sites

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 297-300
    2. Mark C. Branstner, Terrance J. Martin
      Pages 301-320
    3. Suzanne M. Spencer-Wood
      Pages 321-358
    4. Lynn Clark
      Pages 383-395
  6. Epilogue: Middle-Range Theory in Historical Archaeology

    1. Mark P. Leone, Constance A. Crosby
      Pages 397-410
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 411-418

About this book


Historical archaeology has made great strides during the last two decades. Early archaeological reports were dominated by descriptions of features and artifacts, while research on artifacts was concentrated on studies of topology, technology, and chronology. Site reports from the 1960s and 1970s commonly expressed faith in the potential artifacts had for aiding in the identifying socioeconomic status differences and for understanding the relationships be­ tween the social classes in terms of their material culture. An emphasis was placed on the presence or absence of porcelain or teaware as an indication of social status. These were typical features in site reports written just a few years ago. During this same period, advances were being made in the study of food bone as archaeologists moved away from bone counts to minimal animal counts and then on to the costs of various cuts of meat. Within the last five years our ability to address questions of the rela­ tionship between material culture and socioeconomic status has greatly ex­ panded. The essays in this volume present efforts toward measuring expendi­ ture and consumption patterns represented by commonly recovered artifacts and food bone. These patterns of consumption are examined in conjunction with evidence from documentary sources that provide information on occupa­ tions, wealth levels, and ethnic affiliations of those that did the consuming. One of the refreshing aspects of these papers is that the authors are not afraid of documents, and their use of them is not limited to a role of confirmation.


artifacts ceramic arts commerce consumption historical archaeology material culture

Editors and affiliations

  • Suzanne M. Spencer-Wood
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of AnthropologyUniversity of MassachusettsBostonUSA

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  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media New York 1987
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
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  • Print ISBN 978-1-4757-9819-7
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4757-9817-3
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