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Beyond the Walls : New Perspectives on the Archaeology of Historical Households (Hardcover)

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“Thought-provoking and engaging. Essential for both students and professionals.”—Mark D. Groover, author ofThe Archaeology of North American Farmsteads“A great addition to the available written media on the household and historical archaeology.”—Kerri S. Barile, coeditor ofHousehold Chores and Household Choices: Theorizing the Domestic Sphere in Historical ArchaeologyWhile household archaeologists view the home as a social unit, few move their investigations “beyond the walls” when contextualizing a household in its community. Even exterior aspects of a dwelling—its plant life, yard spaces, and trash heaps—uncover issues of domination and resistance, gender relations, and the effects of colonialism. This innovative volume examines historical homes and their wider landscapes to more fully address social issues of the past.The contributors, leading archaeologists using various interpretive frameworks, analyze households across time periods and diverse cultures in North America. Including case studies of James Madison’s Montpelier, George Washington’s Ferry Farm, Chinese immigrants in a Nevada mining town, Hawaiian ranching communities, and Southern plantations,Beyond the Walls offers a new avenue for archaeological study of domestic sites.

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