The Art and Mystery of Historical Archaeology

The Art and Mystery of Historical Archaeology

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The Art and Mystery of Historical Archaeology is essential reading for anyone concerned with the past. In it, archaeologists write of qrevolutions of the imagination, q and wrest secrets from old objects to recreate our multi-cultured heritage. Material culture is focal-large cities, small potsherds, big and little bones. The book is interdisciplinary and goes inside the process of artifact interpretation to reveal how artifacts qtalkq about people. The emphasis is context, ethnography, ordinary and extraordinary men, women, and children. Here is local history in material form as well as stories of global expansion and culture contact. The book draws on the seminal influence of James Deetz's work on American culture and merges history, folklore, anthropology, African-American, Native American, and gender studies. The essays illustrate the power and potency of folk beliefs and how myths of the past are constantly remade. The authors show how people use objects to converse about themselves, their worlds, and relationships with others. They examine messages writ on brick and stone, buried in earth and passed in legend. They then demonstrate how archaeologists, historians, museologists, and students of material culture can read these to bring the past to light.The emphasis is context, ethnography, ordinary and extraordinary men, women, and children. Here is local history in material form as well as stories of global expansion and culture contact.


Title:The Art and Mystery of Historical Archaeology
Author:Anne E. Yentsch, Mary Carolyn Beaudry
Publisher:CRC PressI Llc - 1992
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