Historical Archaeology and the Importance of Material Things, edited by Leland Ferguson (1977), was one of the formative works in the field that spurred the discussion of the connections between theory and material culture in our understanding of the past. Taking history as a cue, we were pleased to reignite the examination of how historical archaeology uses material objects to interpret the past and to present Historical Archaeology and the Importance of Material Things II at the SHA 2012 Baltimore meeting. Co-chairs and editors Julie Schablitsky and Mark Leone presented a symposium of noted scholars who addressed this topic from various geographic, chronological, and theoretical perspectives. Now, the SHA is pleased to offer both the original and new works as SHA Publications, available now in our SHA Bookstore at Lulu! These publications, as well as all our SHA publications are available as printed copies or as e-books.
The new issue of Historical Archaeology, the Society for Historical Archaeology's academic journal, 46(1) is hitting your desks and is certain to catch your attention. This is the first in a new generation of the journal that features a glossy ...
The Society for Historical Archaeology is pleased to announce the availability of a new SHA Perspectives from Historical Archaeology series. Titled The Archaeology of Spanish Missions and Colonies in the New World, this volume contains 22 articles from SHA’s journal, Historical Archaeology, in addition to an introduction by the compilers, tying the articles together. Compiled by Steve A. Tomka and Timothy K. Perttula, the volume covers topics such as Theoretical Perspectives and Approaches, Context and Process of Material Culture, Reflections on Identity, Status, and Culture Change, Subsistence, and Site Structure.
Historical Archaeology 45(3) presents a thematic look at the archaeology and institutions of poverty developed by Guest Editors Chris Matthews and Suzanne Spencer-Wood. The papers in this collected volume look at the social factors behind poverty, its archaeological legacies and analyses, the institutions associated with the impoverished, and the role that historical archaeology can play in giving face and voice to the impoverished and disenfranchised. This is an important work at a critical time in world history, when daily events remind us all of both wealth imbalance and the effects of poverty. We hope this thematic issue will occupy your thoughts. As a special preview of this issue, we have made the introduction to the journal, entitled “Impoverishment, Criminalization, and the Culture of Poverty” and written by Suzanne Spencer-Wood and Chris Matthews, available as a free download.