Over the course of the past two decades, a variety of scholars have sought to expand the traditional geographical and theoretical scopes of historical archaeology This series, Contributions to Global Historical Archaeology, is one result of the increase in the number of research projects in historical archaeology being conducted beyond the traditional boundaries of the field. In the earliest years of the field, the majority of historical field workers focused their attention on the eastern seaboard of North America, using traditional and conservative field methodologies to analyze the material culture of the recent past. In the late 1970s, following in the footsteps of Jim Deetz, perhaps the most influential historical archaeologist of the last generation, historical archaeologists began to examine sites beyond the plantations of the Southeast and the colonial sites of the Northeast. Within a decade, the scope of North American historical archaeology had expanded to include numerous studies of, for example, mining sites and boom towns in Nevada (e.g., Hardesty, 1988; Purser, 1991), missions and later frontier sites in California and elsewhere on the West Coast (e.g., Adams, 1977; Costello, 1991; Farnsworth, 1987; Pastron and Hattori, 1990), and the Spanish borderlands in southeastern North America and the Caribbean (e.g., Deagan, 1983; Thomas, 1993).
KeywordsMaterial Culture Coffee Plantation Historical Archaeology Slave Labor Landscape Archaeology
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