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Historical archaeology

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Historical archaeology is a form of archaeology dealing with places, things, and issues from the past or present when written records and oral traditions can inform and contextualize cultural material. These records can both complement and conflict with the archaeological evidence found at a particular site. Studies focus on literate, historical-period societies as opposed to non-literate, prehistoric societies. While they may not have generated the records, the lives of people for whom there was little need for written records, such as the working class, slaves, indentured labourers, and children but who live in the historical period can also be the subject of study. The sites are found on land and underwater. Industrial archaeology, unless practiced at industrial sites from the prehistoric era, is a form of historical archaeology concentrating on the remains and products of industry and the Industrial era.


United States

  • African Burial Ground National Monument, New York City
  • Annapolis, Maryland
  • Brunswick Town Historic District
  • Jamestown, Virginia
  • Monticello, Virginia
  • Mount Vernon, Virginia
  • Plimoth Plantation, Massachusetts
  • St. Mary's City, Maryland
  • Sully Historic Site, Virginia
  • Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia
  • Fort Raleigh National Historic Site, North Carolina
  • Notable historical archaeologists

  • J.C. Harrington
  • John L. Cotter
  • Ivor Noël Hume
  • James Deetz
  • Stanley South
  • Judy Birmingham
  • References

    Historical archaeology Wikipedia