Outside the Wall: Studies in Urban Archaeology

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  • City Formation in the Nineteenth Century Eastern United States:  Asheville, North Carolina as an Example of Urban Formation Processes in the Margin. (2013)
    DOCUMENT Citation Only Lotte E. Govaerts.

    Located in the Blue Ridge Mountains in Western North Carolina, the Asheville Basin did not see its first permanent Euro-American settlement until the 1780s.  Over the following century, a relatively isolated mountain community transformed into the prosperous city of Asheville.  This evolution was shaped by factors such as local climate and landscape in combination with diverse regional, national, and global influences such as increased industrialization, technological innovations, changing...

  • Diversity in Adversity: French Immigrant Identity in Early Modern London (2013)
    DOCUMENT Citation Only Greig Parker.

    French immigrant refugees were a large and recognisable segment of the population of Early Modern London. Contemporary accounts indicate that they possessed a distinct and recognisable language, style of dress, and religion. In addition, they were seen to have been employed in specific occupations and of having lived in particular areas. Yet, the excavated and documentary evidence for their ownership of domestic material culture shows, for the most part, few differences between French immigrants...

  • Las Animas City, Colorado Territory, USA: A "Half Mexican Village" in the American West (2013)
    DOCUMENT Citation Only Jordan E Pickrell.

    Las Animas City, Colorado Territory, USA, was founded in 1869 near the newly established military fort, New Fort Lyon. The town prospered as a supply center for the fort during the early 1870s, reaching a population of a few hundred residents. In 1871, Frances M. A. Roe, an army wife, described the settlement as "a half Mexican village" where she could purchase items from Mexico along with household supplies. The 1870 census suggests that Roe’s characterization of the town may not have reflected...

  • "Like rain in a drouth": Omaha, Nebraska's Costly Signaling at the Trans-Mississsippi and International Exposition of 1898 (2013)
    DOCUMENT Citation Only Courtney L.C. Ziska.

    In the late nineteenth-century, while eastern U.S. cities thrived as magnets of immigration, the lesser-known cities west of the Mississippi struggled to retain what populations they could attract, especially in the face of natural and financial disasters. These cities had to find ways of signaling their strengths in order promote increased settlement and stronger economies, so that they could compete with other cities on both regional and national scales. As this paper will demonstrate, one...

  • Mapping Town Formation: Precision, Accuracy, and Memory (2013)
    DOCUMENT Citation Only April Beisaw. James Gibb.

    The archaeology of town formation is often guided by the use of historic maps; regional maps narrow down the location of lost towns, and local maps match archaeological finds to documented structures. The Port Tobacco Archaeological Project used both regional and local maps to interpret one 60-acre town site, with mixed results. Are the Native American deposits the remnants of Captain John Smith's Potopaco? Do the identified foundations correspond to the buildings on historic maps? Precision...

  • Modernity in a Waste Bin; On Waste, Conspicuous Consumption and Agrarian Practices in the Swedish Early Modern Towns of Jönköping, Kalmar and Tornio. (2013)
    DOCUMENT Citation Only Christina Rosén. Risto Nurmi. Timo Ylimaunu. Göran Tagesson.

    Waste in a town may be understood both as a problem to solve, and as a valuable resource. In some Early Modern Swedish towns, waste bins and pits were common, varying in size and localization in different plots (some hidden, some in full view), but in other towns bins and pits were totally absent and waste was dispersed around the plot, with concentrations in specific locations. In some places, waste was probably removed from plots to use as fertilizer on nearby fields and gardens. These...

  • Old Pots on New Plates: Understanding Ancient Vases on 19th Century Transfer-Printed Ceramics (2013)
    DOCUMENT Citation Only Emanuela Bocancea.

    The discovery of sites like Pompeii and Herculaneum in the early 18th century fueled an international mania for classical antiquities, especially ancient vases.  Through a process of translation in multiple media, these ancient pots soon became featured on transfer-printed ceramics mass-produced at the Staffordshire potteries.  These ceramics were then exported globally, transporting classical visions to consumers of multiple socio-economic and ethnic backgrounds.  Using an assemblage of...