I study historical archaeology, something I think of as the investigation of the
global development, spread, and resistance to capitalism and European expansion. I start
this work with the material culture – the artifacts and landscapes – produced and
consumed by people caught up in these processes. These material traces are then woven
with documentary traces to develop holistic understandings of how the world of today came
into being. I have found it crucial to read the theoretical and historical perspectives
on capitalism and conquest developed by authors positioned variously throughout the
globe, bringing perspectives of people who know the various political economies and
cultural forms of the peoples of Africa , the Americas , and Europe . This global focus
frames my field work on sites in Western Massachusetts in the US , including work in
Deerfield Village in Deerfield and at the W.E.B. Du Bois Boyhood Homesite in Great
Barrington. This said, I encourage and sponsor students interested in these local areas
as well as those interested in studying capitalism and conquest elsewhere around the
globe. Finally, I hold to the idea that historical archaeology is best understood within
a broad anthropological perspective, one that compares and contrasts the workings of the
modern world with those of archaeologically known ancient and pre-state societies. I find
I can best do this work with colleagues in the Anthropology department as well as people
interested in Native American Indian studies, Afro American Studies, and Women's
Studies. Reflecting my concerns, I teach our introduction to general anthropology for
non-majors, Anthro 100 Human Nature, co-teach courses on Native studies, and co-direct
our Summer Field School in Archaeology. 

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Appendix A Geophysical Survey (with Elizabeth Norris), Archaeology at the W.E.B. Du Bois Boyhood Homesite (2008)

This chapter reports on geophysical studies conducted in 1983, 1984, and 2003. The 1980s studies...

 

Appendix G 2003 Pit Summaries (with Kerry Lynch, Elizabeth Norris, and Quentin Lewis), Archaeology at the W.E.B. Du Bois Boyhood Homesite (2008)

This chapter contains summaries of the excavation of each of the pits from the 2003...

 

Appendix H 1983 and 1984 Phosphate Tests (with Kerry Lynch, Elizabeth Norris, and Quentin Lewis), Archaeology at the W.E.B. Du Bois Boyhood Homesite (2008)

This appendix reports on phosphate studies conducted in 1983 and 1984.

 

Appendix J Maps Based on Deeds of the Homesite (with Kerry Lynch, Elizabeth Norris, and Quentin Lewis), Archaeology at the W.E.B. Du Bois Boyhood Homesite (2008)

This appendix presents the autocad maps drawn from various deed descriptions of the Homesite boundaries.

 

Appendix K Historical Maps (with Kerry Lynch, Elizabeth Norris, and Quentin Lewis), Archaeology at the W.E.B. Du Bois Boyhood Homesite (2008)