What is Historical Archaeology?
Historical archaeology (or "archeology" as the U.S. government and the state of Texas spell it) covers the period of European contact with the New World and after. Historical archaeologists are trained in using the written documents as well as doing excavations of buried sites, and often use these documents to fill in the gaps of information that archaeology cannot fill.
Many documents talk about prominent people and events, but do not refer to the day to day tasks. Archaeology allows us to understand what people did every day, what they ate, and how they lived. The documents, especially maps, show us the context of the times that the people lived in.
There are many, many historical archaeology excavations, reports, and websites available on the WorldWide Web. This Hub will give you a sampling of what is out there, as well as what websites and books you can go to for further information.
Branches of Historical Archaeology
Historical archaeology has a number of other branches. Underwater archaeology is one such branch, and industrial archaeology is another.
Underwater archaeology covers work on submerged resources, shipwrecks, sites covered by water (such as behind a dam), and the conservation of waterlogged artifacts.
Industrial archaeology looks at industrial sites, such as mills, factories, and manufacturing areas.
This hub will cover information on these areas as well.
Archaeology Blogs and Networks
- ArchaeoSeek - A Social Network for Archaeologists
ArchaeoSeek is the place to meet and discuss archaeological issues, sites, excavations, field schools, and where to find information. Membership is open to both professional archaeologists, students, and avocational archaeologists, and covers all fie
- Archaeology Online: Archaeological Information on the Web
Archaeology Online covers both historical and prehistoric archaeology on the Web. You can find a lot of good information here directing you to various websites, and field schools.
- African-American Archaeology and African Diaspora Archaeology Resources
The African Disaspora here refers to the dispersal of Africans in the slave trade. There are many great links here to various websites that deal with this subject.
- ArchaeoLog: All Thing Archaeological
An archaeology blog with a mixture of both historic and classical archaeology.