Archaeology at Paoli Battlefield: Expanding the Interpretations of Conflict

Author(s): Matthew A. Kalos

Year: 2016


On evening of September 20, 1777, and into the morning hours of September 21, British Major General Charles Gray led an elite force of British soldiers on a nighttime bayonet raid on American General Anthony Wayne’s encamped troops. The bloody attack enraged the Patriots, and the battle became engrained in American ideology as the Paoli Massacre.  Although the battle was brief, its national and local importance extends for over 225 years.  Today, archaeology at the Paoli Battlefield seeks to uncover not only details of the battle, but also how the battle influenced and continues to impact the surrounding community.  This paper seeks to explore the role archaeology takes in expanding the analysis of conflict sites from narrow explanations of a single event to the incorporation of holistic interpretations of the broader social and cultural landscapes in order to understand the lasting impacts of warfare. 

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Archaeology at Paoli Battlefield: Expanding the Interpretations of Conflict. Matthew A. Kalos. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Washington, D.C. 2016 ( tDAR id: 434675)

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

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