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Writing the Archaeology of America's Modern Cities

Author(s): Nan Rothschild ; Diana Wall

Year: 2013

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 Over the last few decades, archaeologists have contributed a great deal to our understanding of contemporary American cities. 

We  have just finished writing a book about the work these colleagues have done, based on material they have provided from  all over the country, mostly from the grey literature.  Their archaeological investigations are informative at two scales of analysis.  Some studies, on the macro scale, have encompassed the whole city, and reveal patterns of urban development,  structure, and the reworking of the landscape.  Others, on a micro scale, have uncovered how the members of different cultural groups

 have used materiality to define themselves and others.    Although there is enormous variability within these groups, the analyses  

also yielded illuminating patterns.

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Writing the Archaeology of America's Modern Cities. Nan Rothschild, Diana Wall. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Leicester, England, U.K. 2013 ( tDAR id: 428669)


Temporal Keywords
18th-19th century

Spatial Coverage

min long: -129.199; min lat: 24.495 ; max long: -66.973; max lat: 49.359 ;

Record Identifiers

PaperId(s): 148

Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America