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1. Do History and Historical Archaeology Matter? Section One: What are Our Ambitions? 2. The Goals of Historical Archaeology3. Preserving and Interpreting Sites4. Rewriting Documentary History5. Reconstructing People's Ways of Life6. Improving Archaeological Methods7. Understanding Modernization and GlobalizationSection Two: What Do We Care About?8. A Questioning Attitute9. Defining Our Topics10. Colonialism, Capitalism, and Slavery11. What is our Evidence?12. Ideology, Ambiguity and Muted Groups13. Ethical ConsiderationsSection Three: A Windshield Survey of Historical Archaeology 14. Introduction to a Windshield Survey of Historical Archaeology15. The Survival of the English Colony at Jamestown16. Mission San Luis de Talimali17. Enclosure of the English Countryside18. Capitalism, the Georgian Order, and a Woman19. Australia's Convict Past20. African American Life21. The Machine in the Garden22. The Inner-City working class23. Garbage and Garbage-in-WaitingSection Four: Historical Archaeology as Public Scholarship24. Introcustion to Public Archaeology25. Public Memory and Public Places26. Education and Outreach27. What about the Painful Past?28. History and the Culture Wars29. Civic Renewal and Restorative Justice30. Transformative Learning31. Some Closing Thoughts Further Readings

About the Author

Barbara Little is an archaeologist with the National Park Service.


'Little has produced a high-quality, intellectually-stimulating, and thought-provoking book. The text is thoroughly engaging. Her use of anecdotes and humor is delightful, drawing the reader into the dialogue in a most compelling way. The emphasis on socially-responsible scholarship is a particularly appealing feature of the text. Our discipline was fundamentally altered during the late 1980s and early 1990s with the passing of NAGPRA legislation, the New York African Burial Ground project, and similar issues. I have struggled to find appropriate texts that bring these issues to the foreground. Barbara does this brilliantly. This text will serve well as the backbone upon which a course is built. I believe this text would have broad appeal within historical archaeology.' Deborah L. Rotman, University of Notre Dame 'A fine starting point for an historical archaeology class...this book would also serve enlightened introductory archaeology or four-field anthropology instructors who wish to include historical archaeology in their courses. Engagingly written without being patronizing, I would certainly use this in my classes.' Elizabeth Scott, Illinois State University 'Historical Archaeology has something for everyone interested in the US past. For undergraduates and professionals unfamiliar with archaeology Little has written and engaging overview of the questions, practices, and solutions of contemporary historical archaeology. For her professional colleagues, Little's distinctive perspective, gained from years in federal and academic archaeology, has lead her to refreshingly novel syntheses of the American past and understandings about the emerging field of Public Archaeology. Herein are ideas aplenty that will influence the thinking and practice of our discipline into the 21st century.' Robert Paynter, University of Massachusetts 'You couldn't ask for a more engaging and interesting guide. Using clear and fascinating examples, Barbara Little explains how historical archaeologists carry out their work. She convincingly demonstrates that knowledge of the American past sheds light on our current circumstances and helps us move forward to a better future. A real tour de force!' Elizabeth Brumfiel, Northwestern University 'Little's book contains a wealth of ideas and thoughtful exploration, relevant well beyond its United States focus.' Australasian Historical Archaeology

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