The life and death of a home: House history in a subsurface feature

Steven N. Archer, Kevin M. Bartoy, Charlotte L Pearson

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Abstract

In this chapter, the authors take a high resolution multi-evidentiary approach to examine a single stratified feature from a seventeenth-century house lot in meticulous detail. In doing so, the possibility of interpreting detailed issues of site, structure and landscape are demonstrated; far beyond the capabilities of a standard, rote artifact analysis of the same feature. It is argued that in such contexts weighing alternative data categories, such as botanical and micromorphological evidence, equally with conventionally-recorded artifact and stratigraphic evidence, can yield detailed new lines of inquiry and far more rigorous interpretations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationBetween Dirt and Discussion: Methods, Methodology, and Interpretation in Historical Archaeology
PublisherSpringer US
Pages81-113
Number of pages33
ISBN (Print)0387342184, 9780387342184
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2006
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • Archaeobotany
  • Chesapeake
  • Historical archaeology
  • Landscape change
  • Methodology
  • Microstratigraphy
  • Paleoethnobotany
  • Phytoliths
  • Root cellars
  • Seventeenth century
  • Soil micromorphology
  • Stratigraphic analysis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences(all)
  • Arts and Humanities(all)

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Archer, S. N., Bartoy, K. M., & Pearson, C. L. (2006). The life and death of a home: House history in a subsurface feature. In Between Dirt and Discussion: Methods, Methodology, and Interpretation in Historical Archaeology (pp. 81-113). Springer US. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-0-387-34219-1_5