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Adapting to Colonial Reality with Long-term History: The Evolution of 17th Century Indigenous Households along the Rappahannock River, Virginia (2020)
DOCUMENT Citation Only Josue Nieves.

This is a paper/report submission presented at the 2020 annual meeting of the Society for Historical Archaeology. This paper summarizes all research findings pertaining to 2017-2018 Archaeological Excavations at Camden Farm, Virginia. The goal of the project was to seek out a previously unexcavated house site from within the property’s Post-Contact (1650-1720 A.D.) Rappahannock Indian village in order to analyze structural morphology and the suite of artifact assemblages relating to domestic...

The Age of Consumption: A Study of Consumer (and Producer) Behavior and the Household (2013)
DOCUMENT Citation Only Stephen Damm.

Historical archaeologists have long noted the importance of consumer behavior, especially in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. However, archaeological interpretations of consumer behavior tend to focus narrowly on race or status. While anthropologists have often emphasized the importance of factors such as the household's age structure, lifecycle, and kin relationships within the context of the wider community, archaeologists have paid less attention to these factors. Using data from the...

Archaeological Investigations in Downtown San Diego, Horton's Addition, Block H (1995)
DOCUMENT Citation Only Rebecca Allen.

This resource is a citation record only, the Center for Digital Antiquity does not have a copy of this document. The information in this record has been migrated into tDAR from the National Archaeological Database Reports Module (NADB-R) and updated. Most NADB-R records consist of a document citation and other metadata but do not have the documents themselves uploaded. If you have a digital copy of the document and would like to have it curated in tDAR, please contact us at

The Archaeology of Frontier American Judaism: Exploring the Mosaic of Jewish Domestic Religious Practice in the 19th Century (2016)
DOCUMENT Citation Only David Markus.

The Block Family Farmstead in Washington, Arkansas represents the first documented Jewish immigrant family to arrive in the state and their home is the most extensively excavated Jewish Diaspora site in North America, dating to the first half of the 19th Century. The site gives unique insight into the domestic practices of a Jewish family on the frontier in absence of an ecclesiastical support network or coreligionist community. The faunal assemblage recovered primarily from the home’s detached...

Artefactos domésticos de casas postclásicas en Cuexcomate y Capilco, Morelos (2006)
DOCUMENT Full-Text Michael E. Smith.

This is an unpublished report submitted to the Mexican government describing artifacts from excavations of houses at the sites of Capilco and Cuexcomate in the Mexican state of Morelos. All materials date to the Aztec period, ca. AD 1100-1520. It consists of volume 2 of the entire final report of the project; the first volume was published as: Smith, Michael E. (1992) Archaeological Research at Aztec-Period Rural Sites in Morelos, Mexico. Volume 1, Excavations and Architecture /...

Aztec Period Sites in Morelos, Mexico
PROJECT Michael E. Smith.

This project contains materials from archaeological sites of the Aztec period (AD 1100-1519) in the Mexican state of Morelos. It currently contains reports and data from two fieldwork projects directed by Dr. Michael E. Smith during the 1980s and 1990s.

Beyond Missions: Documenting Mexican and Mexican-American Adobes in California (2016)
DOCUMENT Citation Only Albert Gonzalez. Heather Atherton. Javier Hernandez.

In the foreword to their 1931 review of nineteenth-century adobe houses in California, historical architects Donald Hannaford and Revel Edwards express despair at the state of such research in their time, noting that "printed material on the subject" could only be generated via discovery in the field. Eighty-five years later, research is still lacking. California’s famed colonial missions tend to draw the bulk of archaeological attention while research associated with Mexican- and Gold Rush-era...

Buildings and Bling But No Bottles or Bone? Peculiar Findings at the Houston-LeCompt Site (2016)
DOCUMENT Citation Only Kerri S. Barile. Emily Calhoun. Kerry S. Gonzalez.

In the summer of 2012, a dozen Dovetail archaeologists and scores of volunteers toiled in the sun to excavate the Houston-LeCompt site, located along the newly proposed Route 301 corridor in central Delaware. Using test units, backhoe scraping, feature excavation, and artifact and ethnobotanical analysis, the team recovered an astounding amount of data on the Houston family and generations of subsequent tenant farmers who worked the land. House cellars, kitchen refuse pits, wells, and sheet...

Buttoning Up at the Biry House A Study of Clothing Fasteners of a Descendant Alsatian Household (2016)
DOCUMENT Citation Only Maxwell Forton.

Excavations at the Biry house of Castroville, Texas yielded a large assemblage of buttons, which may be studied to yield a better understanding of the lives of Alsatian immigrants within the community. Buttons represent a class of material objects that are simultaneously intimate and utilitarian in nature. While buttons are used on a daily basis, we remain largely aloof to these small, discrete fasteners in our lives. This paper represents an exercise in discerning the information that buttons...

Buttoning Up The Social Fabric: Clothing Fasteners Of An Alsatian Immigrant Household (2017)
DOCUMENT Citation Only Maxwell Forton.

Excavations of the Biry House of Castroville, Texas have produced a diverse assemblage of clothing buttons dating from the 1840s through the 1930s. This paper explores how these buttons are being used to create a more holistic understanding of the lives of these Alsatian immigrants and their descendants. Such buttons are a common occurrence among domestic assemblages of the 19th and 20th century, but these humble artifacts may actively shape the narratives of individual lives and the communities...

Cabins, Households, and Families: The Multiple Loci of Pooled Production at James Madison's Montpelier (2016)
DOCUMENT Full-Text Eric Schweickart.

The lives of the members of the enslaved community at James Madison’s plantation in Virginia, Montpelier, were shaped by the types of work they were expected to do in order to keep the president’s mansion and farm running smoothly. Recent work by historical demographers has highlighted the importance of pooling resources within households, with members each contributing the results of their production activities to the group.  Archaeological excavations at several different early 19th century...

Casma Pottery Production at El Campanario Site, Huarmey Valley, Peru (2017)
DOCUMENT Citation Only Jose Peña.

Pottery production was an important aspect of the social and economic life within Andean societies. In pre-industrial societies craft production occurred at the household level and depending upon the social complexity, this production was either independent or sponsored by the elite. Recent archaeological excavation of domestic contexts at the El Campanario site revealed that the area was occupied by the Casma polity during the Middle Horizon (600-1000 AD). This coastal polity occupied the...

Chamber Pots’ Function: Utilitarian, Aesthetic or Status? (2021)
DOCUMENT Citation Only Catherine M Gagnon.

This is a poster submission presented at the 2021 annual meeting of the Society for Historical Archaeology. This study seeks to understand the full extent of a chamber pot's function, focusing on seven households in Albany, New York, from the late 18th to early 19th centuries. My preliminary study suggests that the composition of the household, including total number of individuals, gender, the presence of enslaved people, and class, helps to explain the stylistic variability in and between the...

Colonial Impact on Kanaka Maoli Diaspora and Dispersal (2018)
DOCUMENT Citation Only Kirsten Vacca.

Hawaiians were historically a mobile population. Their Polynesian ancestors crossed the wide expanse of the Pacific Ocean to settle the Hawaiian archipelago, and the Kanaka Maoli descendants that worked and lived on the land continued this diasporic tradition. By the 17th century, Kanaka Maoli lived in or utilized the many varied ecosystems available to them. Within the moku political districts, the Kanaka Maoli remained highly mobile—moving between the highlands and the lowlands for resources....

Community and the Contours of Empire: The Hacienda System in the Northern Highlands of Ecuador (2017)
DOCUMENT Citation Only Zev Cossin.

Recent archaeological studies of Spanish colonialism have redirected scholarly attention both to the workings of imperialism and the multitude of ways in which marginalized populations navigated and remade the grids of power that constitute empire. A focus on the household and the materiality of everyday life has generated a rich body of evidence by which to tack between multiple scales of social life and foreground the material culture of daily life as constitutive elements in the making of...

Community Identity and Social Practice during the Terminal Classic Period at Actuncan, Belize
PROJECT Kara Fulton.

This research examines the relationship between the ways in which urban families engaged local landscapes and the development of shared identities at the prehispanic Maya city of Actuncan, Belize. Such shared identities would have created deep historical ties to specific urbanized spaces, which enabled and constrained political expansion during the Terminal Classic period (ca. A.D. 800–900), a time when the city experienced rapid population growth as surrounding centers declined. This research...

Con Un Pie En Cada Lado: Nuevo Santander Ranching Communities Along The Lower Rio Grande (2017)
DOCUMENT Citation Only Mary Jo Galindo.

Before the Río Grande became a contested border between the United States and Mexico, and between predominantly Latino and Anglo-American societies, it was the northern frontier of Spanish Nuevo Santander and a border between Spanish Mexico and indigenous societies to the north. The pobladores, or colonists, who moved into the region—and their descendants to the present day—had to adapt constantly to the changing political, economic, and social environment. The eighteenth-century colony of Nuevo...

The construction of archaeological practice: Sex/gender and sexuality on the fringe (2017)
DOCUMENT Citation Only Kirsten Vacca.

Archaeologists have incorporated sex/gender and sexuality research in projects for decades, yet such foci have failed to become widespread as they are largely considered a specialty or niche topic. This paper first looks at why the topics in question have remained on the fringe of archaeological research. The subsequent discussion analyzes ways in which contemporary practices can counteract deeply embedded ideas about the archaeology of sex/ gender and sexuality, making this approach to the...

Dissertation - Community Identity and Social Practice during the Terminal Classic Period at Actuncan, Belize (2015)
DOCUMENT Full-Text Kara Fulton.

This research examines the relationship between the ways in which urban families engaged local landscapes and the development of shared identities at the prehispanic Maya city of Actuncan, Belize. Such shared identities would have created deep historical ties to specific urbanized spaces, which enabled and constrained political expansion during the Terminal Classic period (ca. A.D. 800–900), a time when the city experienced rapid population growth as surrounding centers declined. This research...

Dwellings and Corporate Groups in Montegrande, Jequetepeque Valley, Peru: A Household Study of Social Differentiation (2015)
DOCUMENT Citation Only Peiyu Chen.

This research takes two kinds of analytical unit, dwelling and hypothetical corporate group, to analyze and compare spatial relationship between the east and west sectors in Montegrande, a Early Formative site locates in Jequetepeque Valley, Peru. The map-based analysis reveals different changing pattern during the two phases of occupation. The primary result shows that east sector went through a significant transition from phase 1 to phase 2 in the configuration of corporate group and in the...

A Dynamic Social Landscape: Recent Investigations at the Hacienda Guachalá, Northern Highlands of Ecuador (2017)
DOCUMENT Citation Only Siobhan Boyd. Zev Cossin. Samuel Connell. Ana Gonzalez.

The area of Cayambe in the northern highlands of Ecuador is marked by the physical remains of successive waves of Inca and Spanish imperial expansion and their enduring consequences. Across the landscape high altitude fortifications evidence the drawn-out struggles between expanding Inca and local forces during the 15th century. Similarly, elite haciendas that transformed the rural countryside in the interests of imperial and state power continue to dominate the social and political landscape....

The Enslaved Laborer Settlement at Trents Plantation, Barbados: 1640s-1834 (2016)
DOCUMENT Citation Only Douglas Armstrong.

Trents Plantation, Barbados has provided a wealth of new information on early plantation life in Barbados.  In 2013 I reported on the recovery of the early settlement at Trents Plantation and briefly mentioned the identification of an enslaved laborer settlement on the plantation.  This paper focuses on findings related to the enslaved laborer community that was established on the property beginning in the late 1640s.  The site was occupied trough the period of slavery and abandoned upon...

The Heat of the Night: Ritual Purification and Curing in Mesoamerica (2017)
DOCUMENT Citation Only Jan Olson.

While daytime is often reserved for fairly mundane activities, most archaeological questions have focused on this time period. A wide variety of activities though cross the day into the nighttime, or occur only after dark. It is during the night when Mesoamericans recreated much of their mythology in ritualistic acts. This paper explores the use of household temazcales as nightly ritual spaces. These saunas were not only found in large communal spaces, but also in households. For what were the...

House and Household: The Archaeology of Domestic Life at Burning Man (2013)
DOCUMENT Citation Only Carolyn White.

House and household have been the primary focus of the archaeological study of Burning Man. Domestic space in Black Rock City, the location of the Burning Man festival in northwestern Nevada, takes many different forms. In this paper, the configurations of house, household, and the components of domestic space are investigated. Even in an experimental municipality, where the fantastic and inventive are elemental, the household is the basic building block of the city. As such it is not only a...

Household climate: Great Basin response to climate change reflected by intrasite zooarchaeology (2016)
DOCUMENT Citation Only Emily Epstein.

Intrasite spatial analysis reveals zooarchaeological remains indicative of Great Basin hunter-gatherer household behaviors. Results indicate the presence and spatial distribution of activity types. Analytical techniques facilitated evaluation of ethnographic models to find the best match to the zooarchaeological situation. Households associated with disparate climatic regimes, while contextually equivalent, exhibit variable zooarchaeological signatures for subsistence, social, and spiritual...