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Archaeology Books

  • “I, Too, Am America”: Archaeological Studies of African-American Life

    The moral mission archaeology set in motion by black activists in the 1960s and 1970s sought to tell the story of Americans, particularly African Americans, forgotten by the written record. Today, the archaeological study of African-American life is no longer…


  • A Guide to Artifacts of Colonial America

    Cited in virtually every colonial-era site study of North America, A Guide to Artifacts of Colonial America holds a place of honor among historical archaeologists. It is a classic, highly sought-after handbook for the professional archaeologist, museum curator,…


  • In Small Things Forgotten: An Archaeology of Early American Life

    History is recorded in many ways. According to author James Deetz, the past can be seen most fully by studying the small things so often forgotten. Objects such as doorways, gravestones, musical instruments, and even shards of pottery fill in…


  • Jamestown, The Buried Truth (Book)

    What was life really like for the band of adventurers who first set foot on the banks of the James River in 1607? Important as the accomplishments of these men and women were, the written records pertaining to them are…


  • Kingsmill Plantations 1619-1800: Archaeology of Country Life in Colonial Virginia

    In 1971 William Kelso happened almost by chance on an archaeological find that would open a new door on the rural history of colonial Tidewater Virginia. Erosion had revealed a brick well shaft in a cliff on the James River;…


  • The Archaeology of 19th-Century Virginia

    The Archaeology of 19th-Century Virginia portrays the cultural and physical transitions taking place in the 1800s, including consumer goods, ethnic diversity, industry, Civil War battlefield preservation, and the settlement of western Virginia.


  • The Virginia Adventure: Roanoke to James Towne, An Archaeological and Historical Odyssey

    In The Virginia Adventure, Noël Hume turns his attention to the two earliest English settlements in Virginia, Roanoke and James Towne, with fascinating results. Combining information gathered through excavations of the sites with contemporary accounts from journals, letters, and official…


  • Written In Bone: Buried Lives of Jamestown and Colonial Maryland

    How did the colonists of Jamestown and Maryland live and die? Forensic anthropology provides an incredible array of answers. Scientists can look into a grave and determine the skeleton's gender, age at time of death, nationality, and sometimes even economic…