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Bernard Bailyn, Director


Historical Archaeology


Anthropology 5125
Dr. Charles Ewen
East Carolina University
Fall 1999

Orser & Fagan, Historical Archaeology
Orser, Images o/the Recent Past
Deetz, In Small Things Forgotten

Course Description:

This course will review the development and practice of historical archaeology, from its beginning as an auxiliary science to history to its development as a recognized branch of archaeology. Contemporary issues, that have been discussed in class, will be highlighted by recently completed and ongoing projects in North Carolina as well as other projects of your instructor.

Course Requirements:

There will be two examinations over the material covered in class lectures and your text. Since the class lectures build upon, but do not reiterate the basic material in your text, it is important that you attend class. Graduate students will answer questions on their additional readings. Each exam will count for 20% of your final grade.

There will be four exercises assigned during the semester, which will allow you to apply some of the concepts that you have learned in class. You will then write a short report on the results of each exercise (5 pages). Each exercise will count for 7.5% (for a total of 30%) of your final grade

All students are required to write a paper (graduates 20 pages, undergraduates 10 pages) on an application in historical archaeology. Students will be required to choose an historic site in eastern North Carolina (grad students will choose an historic community or district) and research the historical and archaeological background. After your historical review, you will then discuss how historical archaeology could add to our understanding of the historic site or community. You must have the topic approved by your instructor and submit an outline by the midterm. The paper will be worth 30% of your grade. Papers are due on the last day of regular classes (Dec. 7).

ANTH 5125 - Historical Archaeology Supplementary readings - F99

The following schedule is intended as a guideline only. The schedule may change to accomodate guest speakers, assign supplementary material, go further in depth on some topic areas, changes brought on by babies being born, etc. It is important that you attend class since any changes to the schedule will be announced during the lectures.

Wk 1- 8/19 class orientation

Wk 2 -8/24-26 Historical Archaeology: Definition & Development {HA 1993 - 27(1): 3-40)

Wk 3 -8/31-9/2 Issues in Historical Archaeology (Deagan 1988, Elia 1992)

Wk 4 -9/7-9 Historic Sites (Harrington 1978)

Wk 5 -9/14-16 Historic Artifacts: Organization & Interpretation (South 1977: Chap 4)

Wk 6 -9/21-23 Historic Artifacts: Ceramics (Miller 1980, South 1978)

Wk 7 -9/28-30 Historic Ecofacts (Ewen 1986)

Wk 8 -10/5-7 Doing Historical Archaeology (Hume 1969: chap 3&4)

Wk 9 -10/12-14 Doing Historical Archaeology (cont.) Midterm

Interpretation & Explanation (Deetz 1978, Hume 1978)

Wk 11- 10/26-28 The Archaeology of Groups (McEwan 1991)

Wk 12- 11/2-4 Historical Landscapes (HA 1989 - 23(1): 1-54)

Wk 13- 11/9-11 Historical Archaeology in Global Perspective (Ewen 1988, Schrire 1991)

Wk 14- 11/16-18 In Small Things Forgotten (Deetz - chap. 1 - 6)

Wk 15- 11/23 Parting Ways (Deetz - chap. 7 - 9)


Wk 16- 11/30-12/2 Historical Archaeology Today (Fleming 1971)

Wk 17- 12/7 Final papers due

Final Exam Thursday (Dec. 17) 2:00 - 4:00

Adams, W.
1993 Historical Archaeology Strove for Maturity in the mid-1980s. Historical Archaeology 27(1 ):23-31.

Beaudry, M.
1989 The Lowell Boott Mills Complex and Its Housing: Material Expressions of Corporate Ideology. Historical Archaeology 23(1): 19-32

Cleland, C.
1993 The Society for Historical Archaeology and Its First Twenty-five Years: Introduction. Historical Archaeology 27(1): 13-17.
1993 The First Half Decade: The Foundation of the Society for Historical Archaeology, 1967 -1972. Historical Archaeology 27(1): 12-14.

Costello, J.
1993 The Society for Historical Archaeology, 1987-1992. Historical Archaeology 27(1):32-34.

Cotter, J.
1993 Historical Archaeology Before l967. Historical Archaeology 27(1):4-9.

Deagan, K.
1988 Neither History or Prehistory: The Questions that Count in Historical Archaeology. Historical Archaeology 22(1):7-12.
1993 Retrospective on the Society for Historical Archaeology, 1977-1982. Historical Archaeology 27( 1): 19-22.

Deetz, J.
1978 A Cognitive Model for American Material Culture. In Historical Archaeology: A Guide to Substantive and Theoretical Contributions, edited by R. Schuyler, pp. 284-286. Baywood, Farmingdale, NY.
1997 In Small Things Forgotten: An Archaeology of Early American Life. Anchor-Doubleday, New York.

Elia, R.
1992 The Ethics of Collaboration: Archaeologists and the Whydah Project. Historical

Ewen, C.
1971Fur Trade Archaeology: A Study of Frontier Hierarchies. HistoricalArchaeology 20(1): 15-28.
1988 The Short Unhappy Life of a Maverick Caribbean Colony. Archaeology 41(4):41-47.

Fleming, R.
1972After the Report, What?: The Uses of Historical Archaeology, A Planner's View. Historical Archaeology 5 :49-61.

Harrington, F.
1989 The Emergent Elite in Early 18th Century Portsmouth Society: The Archaeology of the Joseph Sherburne Houselot. Historical Archaeology 23(1): 2-28

Harrington, J. C.
l 1978 New Light on Washington's Fort Necessity. In Historical Archaeology: A Guide to Substantive and Theoretical Contributions, edited by R. Schuyler, pp. 91-138. l Baywood, Farmingdale, NY.

Hume, I.
1969 Historical Archaeology. Alfred A. Knopf, New York.
1978 The Why, What and Who of Historical Archaeology. In Historical Archaeology: A Guide to Substantive and Theoretical Contributions, edited by R. Schuyler, pp. 203-207. Baywood, Farmingdale, NY.

Kelso, W.
1989 Comments on the 1987 Society for Historical Archaeology Landscape Symposium. Historical Archaeology 23(1): 48-49.

Leone, M.
1989 Issues in Historic Landscapes and Gardens. Historical Archaeology 23(1): 45-47.

McEwan, B.
1990 San Luis de Talimali: The Archaeology of Spanish-Indian Relations at a Florida Mission. Historical Archaeology 25(3): 36-60.

Miller, G.
1980 Classification and Economic Scaling of 19th Century Ceramics. Historical Archaeology 14:1-41.

Praetzellis, A. and M. Praetzellis
1989 "Utility and Beauty Should Be One:" The Landscape of Jack London's Ranch of Good Intentions. Historical Archaeology 23(1): 33-44.
Rubertone, P.
1989 Landscape as Artifact: Comments on "The Archaeological Use of Landscape Treatment in Social, Economic and Ideological Analysis. Historical Archaeology 23(1): 50-54.

Schrire, C.
1990 The Historical Archaeologyof the Impact of Colonialism in Seventeenth-Century South Africa. In Historical Archaeology in Global Perspective, edited by L. Falk, [ pp.69-96. Smithsonian Institution Press, Washington, DC.

Schuyler, R. (editor)
1978 Historical Archaeology: A Guide to the Substantive and Theoretical Contributions.
Baywood, Farmingdale, NY.

Schuyler, R.
1993 The Society for Historical Archaeology 1967-1992: A Quarter Century ofa National. ArChaeological Society. Historical Archaeology 27(1 ):35-40.

South, S.
1977 Method and Theory in Historical Archaeology. Academic Press, New York.
1978 Evolution and Horizon as Revealed in Ceramic Analysis in Historical Archaeology. In Historical Archaeology: A Guide to Substantive and Theoretical Contributions, edited by R. Schuyler, pp. 68-82. Baywood, Farmingdale, NY.
1993 Strange Fruit: Historical Archaeology, 1977-1982. Historical Archaeology 27(1):15-18.


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