Part of disciplinary shift towards making interpretive approaches part of mainstream archaeological practice
One of the few historical archaeological works to self-identify as "interpretive archaeology"
First step towards changing perception of historical archaeology
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Part of the book series: Contributions To Global Historical Archaeology (CGHA)
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Table of contents (11 chapters)
Archaeology of Nineteenth-Century Cities and the Lives of Working People
Contesting Race, Constructing Memory
Gender, Embodiment, Life Course, Materiality, and Identity
About this book
Interpretive archaeology – meaning the interpretation (social science as opposed to hard science) of archaeology and archaeological artifacts – has predominantly been the realm of prehistoric archaeologists. Many historical archaeologists are participating in this disciplinary shift from processualism to post-processualism and interpretation, but to date few have called their work interpretive archaeology.
This volume is based on a session at the Society for Historical Archaeology meeting in 2005. The organizers – now editors – brought together historical archaeologists from both the UK and the US working in the same areas (industrial landscape, monuments, etc.) but because of their country-based training, their work arises out of differing intellectual traditions. The chapters in each section do not stand in isolation; rather, the authors exchange ideas about what each other has written. They construct dialogues about theories and practices that inform interpretive archaeology on either side of the Atlantic, ends with commentary by two well-known names in interpretive archaeology in the UK and in the States.
- Burial Rites
- Industrial Archaeology
- Interpretive Archaeology
- Landscape Studies
[The volume] is concerned with the practice of interpretive archaeology on historical period sites, and how approaches differ between the Americas and the British Isles...the organization of this book, which presents one paper from either side of the Atlantic for each theme, allows for comparisons of approaches and ideas. Herein lies the strength of the volume: it is a composite piece, both self-reflective and critical....Together, these chapters demonstrate various challenges, in addition to the importance of developing a context-specific archaeological framework for site selection. This call for contextual research is furthered by Beaudry, who argues in her chapter that the experience of women cannot be wholly determined through the identification of 'female' objects, such as thimbles and bodkins. Her approach thereby challenges the use of norms when making archaeological interpretations...
Beaudry and Symonds' collection is a very readable, well-structured volume, and represents the potential of collaborative transnational research for understanding the recent past.
Katherine Fennelly, Post-Medieval Archaeology, 42/2, 2012
Editors and Affiliations
Department of Archaeology, Department of Archaeology, Boston University, Boston, USA
Mary C. Beaudry
, Department of Archaeology, University of York, York, United Kingdom
Book Title: Interpreting the Early Modern World
Book Subtitle: Transatlantic Perspectives
Editors: Mary C. Beaudry, James Symonds
Series Title: Contributions To Global Historical Archaeology
Publisher: Springer New York, NY
Copyright Information: Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2011
Hardcover ISBN: 978-0-387-70758-7Published: 28 October 2010
Softcover ISBN: 978-1-4614-2709-4Published: 01 December 2012
eBook ISBN: 978-0-387-70759-4Published: 20 October 2010
Series ISSN: 1574-0439
Edition Number: 1
Number of Pages: XXII, 246