ArchaeologicalDiggingsMayJune2015

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• Archaeological Diggings – May-June 2015

Books

1.
Anne Clarke
The Archaeology of Difference: Negotiating Cross-Cultural Engagements in Oceania (One World Archaeology)

The Arhcaeology of Difference presents a new and radically different perspective on the archaeology of cross-cultural contact and engagement in the recent historical past. Using case studies from Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea and Micronesia, the contributors all share a concern with tracking the processes of contact between indigenous peoples and outsiders, primarily Europeans, across the varied physical and cultural landscapes of the region.

2.
Anne Clarke
The Archaeology of Difference: Negotiating Cross-Cultural Engagements in Oceania (One World Archaeology)

The Arhcaeology of Difference presents a new and radically different perspective on the archaeology of cross-cultural contact and engagement in the recent historical past. Using case studies from Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea and Micronesia, the contributors all share a concern with tracking the processes of contact between indigenous peoples and outsiders, primarily Europeans, across the varied physical and cultural landscapes of the region.

3.
Gregory Curtis
The Cave Painters: Probing the Mysteries of the World’s First Artists

The Cave Painters is a vivid introduction to the spectacular cave paintings of France and Spain—the individuals who rediscovered them, theories about their origins, their splendor and mystery.

Gergory Curtis makes us see the astonishing sophistication and power of the paintings and tells us what is known about their creators, the Cro-Magnon people of some 40,000 years ago. He takes us through various theories—that the art was part of fertility or hunting rituals, or used for religious purposes, or was clan mythology—examining the ways interpretations have changed over time. Rich in detail, personalities, and history, The Cave Painters is above all permeated with awe for those distant humans who developed—perhaps for the first time—both the ability for abstract thought and a profound and beautiful way to express it.

4.
Anne P. Underhill
A Companion to Chinese Archaeology

A Companion to Chinese Archaeology is an unprecedented, new resource on the current state of archaeological research in one of the world’s oldest civilizations. It presents a collection of readings from leading archaeologists in China and elsewhere that provide diverse interpretations about social and economic organization during the Neolithic period and early Bronze Age. * An unprecedented collection of original contributions from international scholars and collaborative archaeological teams conducting research on the Chinese mainland and Taiwan* Makes available for the first time in English the work of leading archaeologists in China* Provides a comprehensive view of research in key geographic regions of China* Offers diverse methodological and theoretical approaches to understanding China’s past, beginning with the era of established agricultural villages from c. 7000 B.C. through to the end of the Shang dynastic period in c. 1045 B.C.

5.
Christopher N. Matthews and Allison Manfra McGovern
The Archaeology of Race in the Northeast (Co-published with The Society for Historical Archaeology)

“A thorough and thoughtful analysis of the material dimensions of life along the color line. The collection helps us reimagine the ways race has shaped the apparently prosaic landscapes of the various reaches of the Northeast.”—Paul Mullins, author of The Archaeology of Consumer Culture

“A fantastic collection of cases and an amazing cross section of the research and relevance of historical archaeologies of race in a region often identified as free from such ‘tainted’ pasts.”—Katherine Howlett Hayes, author of Slavery before Race

Historical and archaeological evidence shows that racism defined the social fabric of the northeastern states as much as it did the Deep South. This collection of essays looks at both new sites and well-known areas to explore race, resistance, and white supremacy in the region. With essays covering rural communities, small towns, and cities from the early seventeenth century to the late nineteenth century, the contributors examine the marginalization of minorities and use the material culture to illustrate the significance of race to daily life, community, and identity. Drawing on historical resources, material culture, landscapes, and critical race theory, they highlight the different experiences of various groups, including African American and Native American communities. The treatment of race extends beyond individuals of color to include whites as a racialized group. The contributors explore not only the complex landscapes of slavery and freedom and the changing definition of “enslavement” and “emancipation,” but also the prescriptive racial behaviors that triggered the emergence of whiteness in the Northeast and the perceived hierarchy of race.

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