New Directions in Historical Archaeology: Theory, Method, and Practice

Part of: Society for American Archaeology 80th Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA (2015)

One of the strengths of historical archaeology is its inherent interdisciplinarity. As a result of its multidisciplinary nature, historical archaeology is quick to adapt cutting edge social theory hand-in-hand with methodologies from the environmental and geosciences while maintaining a political and intellectual commitment to collaboration with descendant communities. These synergies result is more holistic archaeological interpretation. The papers in this session, demonstrate how historical archaeology with its interdisciplinary nature and close ties to modern communities is ideally suited to developing collaborative projects that integrate a diverse array of disciplines and perspectives.

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  • Archaeologies of Latinos in the United States (2015)
    DOCUMENT Citation Only Albert Gonzalez.

    North-American ethnic archaeologies abound. The last several decades have seen the emergence of African-American and Asian-American archaeologies alongside the initiation of efforts to decolonize the archaeology of Native America. Considering the proliferation of ethnic and revisionist archaeologies, the current absence of any archaeology of Latinos in the historical and contemporary United States is a striking thing. Why has no such field yet been developed? How might such a field come to be...

  • Archaeology of Colonial Encounters: The Alienating Narrative (2015)
    DOCUMENT Citation Only Jesse Pagels.

    This paper examines the possibility of using the narrative form to expand the ways by which the archaeological record can be interpreted. Narrative archaeology has become a prominent mode of academic communication within the discipline. The acceptance of this stylistic format creates a space where narrations alienating effect can be used as a tool so to better understand the alienation colonial encounters produce in the past. This is not to say that all standard manner of archaeological...

  • Gazing Upward: New Directions at Betty's Hope Plantation, Antigua, West Indies (2015)
    DOCUMENT Citation Only Georgia Fox.

    Plantation archaeology in the Caribbean region has been grappling with the complexities of plantation life through studying asymmetrical power relationships, spatial organization, and other important avenues of research. As there is no one "size fits all," this provides an opportunity to explore new approaches and methodologies in plantation research. For my presentation, I propose that Betty’s Hope—a 300-year-old sugar estate located on the island of Antigua—serves as a laboratory to test new...

  • Innovative Applications of Archaeological Perspectives: An Analysis of Home Front Material Culture within the Context of Individual vs. Municipal Investments in Oakland, CA (2015)
    DOCUMENT Citation Only Erin Riggs. Andrew Reagan. Matt Riggs.

    Through the growth and development of satellite imagery and panoramic street photography championed by Google Earth, a mass archive of accessible imagery has been created documenting intimate material worlds frozen in space and time. Utilizing these newly available forms of public data, our team (built of one historical archaeologist, one GIS technician, and one statistician) conducted a virtual pedestrian survey of 1000 randomly selected home fronts in Oakland, California, implementing a...

  • Marking Ainu Objects (2015)
    DOCUMENT Citation Only Christopher Lowman.

    Close examination of Ainu objects in American museums reveals patterns of use-wear, re-use, and intentional marking. These marks draw attention to the life of the object, an avenue of research when depositional data or documents are absent. In colonial contexts, modification as a form of individual or cultural ownership can be used to oppose assumptions of assimilation by revealing ways materials were appropriated or were part of cultural hybridization. Ainu artifacts drawn from multiple...

  • Microscale Geoarchaeology in a Historic Context: Soil Micromorphology Analysis with the Fort Davis Archaeological Project (2015)
    DOCUMENT Citation Only Erin Rodriguez.

    Microscale geoarchaeology, specifically soil micromorphology, has incredible potential for enriching archaeological understandings of the materiality of past experience through detailed information on the events, actions, and processes which create archaeological sites. Soil micromorphological analysis can parallel the strict time scales available through historic documentation with material evidence of specific human, non-human, and natural events. This paper shows how micromorphological...

  • New Insights at the Intersection of Historical Archaeology and the Archaeology of Religion (2015)
    DOCUMENT Citation Only Alexandra McCleary.

    An increasing number of archaeologists are arguing against the separation of ritual and religion as separate fields of study, favoring pragmatic combinations of theoretical criteria to advance more holistic understandings of the theory and practice of religion. Advancements in the archaeological study of religion have been spearheaded by archaeologists of ancient and pre-historic societies. In this paper, I will outline the potential contributions of historical archaeology to anthropological...

  • Queer Rations: Foodways at a 19th Century Military Fort (2015)
    DOCUMENT Citation Only Leah Grant.

    This paper explores the ways that Queer Theory can be used in the archaeological study of foodways using materials from Fort Davis, Texas. At this nineteenth century military outpost, a racially, ethnically and economically diverse community sidestepped normative notions of foodstuffs. By engaging a queer framework, this research investigates how consumption practices on the American frontier were less regulated and more fluid than previously interpreted. Fort Davis’ foodways - including...

  • Queering 'American': Archaeological Investigations of a 19th c. Military Fort in West Texas (2015)
    DOCUMENT Citation Only Katrina Eichner.

    This paper investigates how racial identity impacted the creation and maintenance of an American frontier and border community using an assemblage from a 19th century American Army encampment from Fort Davis, Texas as a case study. By engaging a queer theoretical framework, this research focuses on how Black, Mexican, and immigrant bodies challenged ideals of normative White citizenship during a period of great social upheaval and racial tension. With thousands of European immigrants and newly...

  • Tracing Relationships Among Buffalo Soldiers in 19th Century Fort Davis, Texas (2015)
    DOCUMENT Citation Only Naphtalie Jeanty.

    The historic archaeology of US cavalry forts in the 19th century allows for exploration of a wide range of social issues and historical questions. Using examples from Fort Davis, Texas, this study analyzes Buffalo Soldier troops stationed there from 1867-1891. It presents results of an investigation of male identified homosociality within black communities by tracing male relationships within 19th century gendered labor spaces. A queer perspective allows this research to focus on the bonds and...