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Alcohol and Drinking in Historical Archaeological Perspective

Author(s): Frederick Smith

Year: 2013

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In 2004, Michael Nassaney told me of his plans for a thematic series in historical archaeology with the University Press of Florida. Since that time the series has emerged and resulted in the publication of a dozen books that provide important insights for archaeologists exploring key issues shaping life in the modern era. Given my work on alcohol studies in the Caribbean, I saw the series as an opportunity to present my particular alcohol-related findings from Barbados. Moreover, while historians and anthropologists have explored the role of alcohol and drinking and developed sophisticated theoretical models for understanding the relationship between alcohol and society, historical archaeological research on the subject had yet to be synthesized. This paper explores the contributions historical archaeologists have made to our understanding of alcohol in society and argues that alcohol provides a valuable lens through which to view life in the modern era. 

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Alcohol and Drinking in Historical Archaeological Perspective. Frederick Smith. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Leicester, England, U.K. 2013 ( tDAR id: 428674)


Temporal Keywords
17th-19th centuries

Spatial Coverage

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

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PaperId(s): 170

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