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Required Readings:

Texts: These are available on reserve in the Joukowsky Institute Library 2nd floor shelf at top of stairs).

Roskams, Steve. 2001 Excavation. Cambridge Manuals in Archaeology, CUP: Cambridge.

Deetz, James. 1996 [1977] In Small Things Forgotten: and archaeology of early American life. Anchor: New York.

Mrozowski, S., G. Ziesing, and M. Beaudry. 1996 Living on the Boott: historical archaeology at the Boott Mills Boardinghouse, Lowell, MA. University of Massachusetts Press: Amherst.

Articles: posted as PDFs on the wiki (here - password required:Readings )

Schedule:

All readings should be completed for that week’s section (Week 1 readings for Week 1 section)

Days listed in schedule correspond to the Monday class meeting.  Readings should be completed by the time of section, every Tuesday at 8 am (RI Hall 109)



Week 1 | September 19

Introducing Field Recovery Methods Topics: Site Introduction, Survey, Sampling, Geophysics, Mapping, Basics of Excavation Tools and Technique, Museum Tour

Section: Stratigraphy, Recording and Mapping, Excavation Paperwork, Geophysics results – Guest Section speaker: Tommy Urban.

Readings:


Week 2 | September 26

--Critical Response One Due--

Recording & Reporting Topics: Excavation Contexts, Digging: how, where, why, Recording practices, Collecting and Managing data

Section: Planning – Site report comparisons – how archaeologists organize information. Also, archaeology's contribution - what are we looking for, and what can it tell us that we don't already know?

Readings:


Week 3 | October 3 

--Critical Response Two Due--

Field Archaeology and Methods of Recovery Topics: Field Archaeology as a process, methods and approaches of historical archaeology

Section: recovering data, documentary archaeology, oral histories, landscape archaeology, etc.

Readings:




Week 4 | October 10 (no class on Monday, but section will meet Tuesday October 11)

--Critical Response Three Due--

Digging the John Brown House: Archaeological Questions and Interpretations Topics: Household Archaeology, Historical Architecture, Georgian Order, Material Culture

Section: discuss readings on topics in light of data collected at and about John Brown House, examine Brown family documents.

Readings:



Saturday October 15 - Family Weekend Event at JBH - Excavations in progress

Your participation is kindly requested (but not required)


Week 5 | October 17

--Critical Response Four Due--

Critical Approaches to Fieldwork Topics: Organizing information, reflecting on archaeological practice

Section: Re-evaluating / assessing our practices to date

Readings:


Week 6 | October 24

--Critical Response Five Due--

Whose Past? Whose Present? Whose Future? Archaeological Heritage Management at the John Brown House Topics: Stewardship, Politics and Archaeology, Representation

Readings:


Week 7 | October 31

--Critical Response Six Due--

Interpretation and Presentation Topics: Recovering meaning from materials, creating presentations for the public, ownership, nationalism, and ethical concerns

Section: re-visit John Brown house exhibits. Discuss related readings

Readings:


Week 8 | November 7

--Critical Response Seven Due--

Preserving and Curating the Archaeological Record Topics: Digital Heritage - the wiki, preservation of materials, and the archive

Section: (lab) but also wiki

Readings:


Weeks 9 and 10 | November 14 and 21--Critical Response Eight Due Week 9 - November 14--

Artifact Analyses and Archaeological Syntheses Topics: Identifying artifact types, dating strata, re-establishing site history from excavated remains and documentary record.

Section: labwork and discussion of readings

Readings:


Week 11 | November 28

Continue artifact analysis, work on object biographies and final report topics

Readings:

Week 12 | December 5

Presentation of Final Projects to class and John Brown House & Rhode Island Historical Society staff.


Final Projects Due: Monday December 12, by 5pm


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