1st Edition

The Routledge Handbook of Global Historical Archaeology

    996 Pages 37 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    996 Pages 37 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    The Routledge Handbook of Global Historical Archaeology is a multi-authored compendium of articles on specific topics of interest to today’s historical archaeologists, offering perspectives on the current state of research and collectively outlining future directions for the field.

    The broad range of topics covered in this volume allows for specificity within individual chapters, while building to a cumulative overview of the field of historical archaeology as it stands, and where it could go next. Archaeological research is discussed in the context of current sociological concerns, different approaches and techniques are assessed, and potential advances are posited. This is a comprehensive treatment of the sub-discipline, engaging key contemporary debates, and providing a series of specially-commissioned geographical overviews to complement the more theoretical explorations.

    This book is designed to offer a starting point for students who may wish to pursue particular topics in more depth, as well as for non-archaeologists who have an interest in historical archaeology. Archaeologists, historians, preservationists, and all scholars interested in the role historical archaeology plays in illuminating daily life during the past five centuries will find this volume engaging and enlightening.

    1 Introduction
    Charles Orser and Andres Zarankin

    Historical Development

    2 A Brief History of Historical Archaeology in the Beginning of the Twentieth-First Century

    Adam Fracchia

    Core Issues and Topics

    3 Colonialism in Historical Archaeology: A Review of Issues and Perspective

    Steve Silliman

    4 Historical Archaeology and the New Ontologies: Some Experiences in Brazil

    Vinícius Melquíades and Bruno S. Ranzani da Silva

    5 Race

    Anna Agbe-Davies

    6 Intersectionality, Queer Archaeology, and Sexual Effects: Recent Advances in the Archaeology of Sexualities

    Megan Springate

    7 Capitalism and Globalization

    Jon Prangnell

    8 Enslavement and Emancipation

    Terry Weik

    9 Community Engagement in the Twenty-First Century

    Sarah Miller

    10 CRM/Commercial Historical Archaeology in the 21st Century

    Joe Joseph

    11 Conflict Archaeology

    Ian Banks

    12 Contemporary Archaeology

    Laura McAttackney

    13 Historical Archaeology and Technology

    Peter Davies

    Theoretical Approaches

    14 Becoming. Senses and Affects in Historical Archaeology

    José Roberto Pellini

    15 On Interdisciplinarity and Historical Archaeology

    Jeff Oliver

    16 Critical Theory

    Mark P. Leone

    17 The Politics of Interpretation in Historical Archaeology

    Rui Gomes Coelho

    18 Feminist Historical Archaeology

    Elizabeth Scott

    19 Marxism, Historical Archaeology and the Web of Life

    Lou Ann Wurst and Quentin Lewis

    20 From an Environmental Historical Archaeology to an Historical Ecoarchaeology

    Diogo Costa

    21 Gender perspectives in South American archeology – a look from Brazil

    Loredana Ribeiro and Lara Passos

    22 Socioeconomics and Inequality in a Comparative Perspective: possibilities and problems in the Mode of Production approach

    Per Cornell


    23 Isotope Bioarchaeology in Historical Archaeology

    Kate Britton and Eric Guiry

    24 Analysing historical artefacts: progress and challenges

    Fernanda Codevilla Soares

    25 "A Distinction without a Difference": Primary Narrative Texts in Historical Inquiry
    Deni J. Seymour

    26 Oral History

    Kerry Massheder-Rigby

    27 Geographic Information Systems in Historical Archaeology

    Edward González-Tennant

    28 Archaeology of Architecture – Buildings Archaeology

    Agustin Azkarate

    29 Landscape Analysis

    Stephen Rippon

    30 Advances in Gravestone and Cemetery Studies in the United States and the Commonwealth of Nations

    Sherene Baugher and Richard Veit

    31 Interpretive Directions for Historical Zooarchaeology in the Twenty-First Century

    David B. Landon and Ana C. Opishinski

    32 Faunistic analysis - emphasis on the southern hemisphere

    María Jimena Cruz

    33 Floral Analysis

    Sarah Walshaw

    Regional Overviews

    34 The everyday and the longue durée: Trans-historical archaeologies of western Africa.

    Natalie Swanepoel

    35 Colonies, missions, violence and trade. The historical archaeology of Northeast Africa

    Alfredo González-Ruibal

    36 Historical Archaeology in the Eastern Mediterranean and Middle East

    Joanita Vroom

    37 East and Southeast Asia at the Age of Contact: Post-1500 Archaeology of Asia

    Stephen Acabado and Ellen Hsieh

    38 Oceania

    James L. Flexner

    39 Caribbean Historical Archaeology in the Twenty-First Century

    Krysta Ryzewski

    40 Historical Archaeology in South and Central America

    Alasdair Brooks and Marcos André Torres de Souza

    41 Historical Archaeology in Europe

    Natasha Mehler

    42 Regional overview: UK and Ireland

    Harold Mytum

    43 Recasting Mobility and Movement in Eastern North America: a Fisheries Perspective

    Barry Gaulton

    44 Repercussions of Rapid Colonization: Archaeological Insights from the North American West

    Kelly J. Dixon

    45 Maritime Archaeology

    Ben Ford

    46 Antarctic Archaeology

    Andrés Zarankin and Melisa A. Salerno


    Charles E. Orser, Jr. is Research Professor at Vanderbilt University and Research Adjunct at the University of Western Ontario, Canada, and Researcher with Timmins Martelle in London, Ontario. He is the author of several books including Historical Archaeology (2016, 3rd edition), A Historical Archaeology of the Modern World (1996), and An Archaeology of the English Atlantic World, 1600–1700 (2018). He is the founder and editor of the International Journal of Historical Archaeology, and a recipient of the J. C. Harrington Medal from the Society for Historical Archaeology.

    Andrés Zarankin is Professor of Archaeology at the University of Minas Gerais, Brazil, and Director of the Laboratory of Antarctic Studies in Human Sciences (LEACH-UFMG). His main research interests include Antarctic archaeology, archaeological theory, archaeology of dictatorship, and historical archaeology.

    Pedro Paulo A. Funari is Professor in the Department of History of the University of Campinas (Unicamp), Brazil. He is former World Archaeological Congress Secretary, author of several books and papers and co-editor of Historical Archaeology, Back from the Edge (Routledge, 1999).

    Susan Lawrence is Professor at La Trobe University in Melbourne, Australia, where she teaches archaeology. She is the author of several books and numerous publications on gender, material culture studies, urban archaeology, British colonialism, and industrial archaeology. Her current research focuses on landscape and environmental archaeologies of the Anthropocene. Susan is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London and the Australian Academy of the Humanities.

    James Symonds is Professor of Historical Archaeology at the University of Amsterdam. His edited and co-authored books include: The Historical Archaeology of the Sheffield Tableware and Cutlery Industries (2002); South Uist: Archaeology & History (2004); Industrial Archaeology: Future Directions (2005); Interpreting the Early Modern World: Transatlantic Perspectives (2010); Table Settings: The Material Culture and Social Context of Dining, AD 1700-1900 (2011); Historical Archaeologies of Cognition: Historical Archaeologies of Faith, Hope, and Charity (2013).