1st Edition

Familiar Past? Archaeologies of Later Historical Britain

By Sarah Tarlow, Susie West Copyright 1999

    The Familiar Past surveys material culture from 1500 to the present day. Fourteen case studies, grouped under related topics, include discussion of issues such as:
    * the origins of modernity in urban contexts
    * the historical anthropology of food
    * the social and spatial construction of country houses
    * the social history of a workhouse site
    * changes in memorial forms and inscriptions
    * the archaeological treatment of gardens.
    The Familiar Past has been structured as a teaching text and will be useful to students of history and archaeology.

    Contents. Lists of figures. Contributors. 1. Introduction, Susie West The Familiar Past. 2.The Processional City: Some Issue For Historical Archaeology, Roger Leech 3. The Material Culture of Food in Early Modern England Circa 1650-1750, Sara Pennell 4. Building Jerusalem: Transfer-Printed Finewares and the Creation of British Identity, Alasdair Brooks Familiar Spaces 5.Reconstructing Castles and Refashioning Identities in Renaissance England, Matthew Johnson 6. The Familiar Fraternity: The Appropriation and Consumption of Medieval Guildhalls in early Modern York, Kate Giles 7. Social Space and the English Country House, Susie West Breeding Contempt 8. The Archaeology of the Workhouse: The Changing Uses of the Workhouse Buildings at St Mary's, Southampton, Gavin Lucas 9. Planning, Development and Social Archaeology, Shane Gould 10. Familiarity and Contempt: The Archaeology of the 'Modern', Keith Matthews Familar Spirits 11. Wormis Clay and Blessed Sleep: Death and Disgust in Later Historic Britain, Sarah Tarlow 12. 'The Men That worked for England They Have Their Graves at Home': Consumerist Issues Within the Production and Purchase of Gravestones in Victorian York, Susan Buckham 13. Welsh Cultural Identity in Nineteenth Century Pembrokeshire: The Pedimented Headstone as a Graveyard Monument, Harold Mytum Old Familiar Places 14.Bolldy Meadows: The Places of Battle, John Carman 15. The Archaeological Study of Post-Medieval Gardens: Practice and Theory, Tom Williamson Afterwords Across the Atlantic 16. Strangely Familiar, Sarah Tarlow 17. Negotiating our 'Familiar Pasts', Charles E. Orser. Jr Index.


    Sarah Tarlow is Lecturer in Archaeology at the University of Wales, Lampeter. Susie West is the Managing Editor of East Anglian Archaeology at the University of East Anglia.