A Modern World Archaeology: Two Decades Later


This is an abstract from the "The Transformation of Historical Archaeology: Papers in Honor of Charles E Orser, Jr" session, at the 2019 annual meeting of the Society for Historical Archaeology.

Few have shaped the field of historical archaeology like Chuck Orser. His dedication to the discipline, contributions to archaeological theory and practice, and prolific and growing list of publications are foundations for scholarship in the field. Despite his evolving interests, Orser remains dedicated to understanding and critiquing the Modern World and its preconditions. We first read about this commitment in A Historical Archaeology of the Modern World published in 1996. Over two decades later, his reflection on the haunts and application of nets and entanglement remain relevant and central to meaningful and insightful research. Despite being a "personal search for understanding," the ideas laid bare on its pages continue to frame an impressive number of projects. We use this opportunity to reflect on Chuck’s Modern World Archaeology and emphasize how this work continues to guide investigations of inequality by historical archaeologists.

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A Modern World Archaeology: Two Decades Later. Bradley D Phillippi, Christopher N. Matthews. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, St. Charles, MO. 2019 ( tDAR id: 449253)


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United States of America

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