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Historical Archaeology of Military Sites
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The recent work of anthropologists, historians, and historical archaeologists has changed the very essence of military history. While once preoccupied with great battles and the generals who commanded the armies and employed the tactics, military history has begun to emphasize the importance of the “common man” for interpreting events. As a result, military historians have begun to see military forces and the people serving in them from different perspectives.   The Historical Archaeology of Military Sites has encouraged efforts to understand armies as human communities and to address the lives of those who composed them. Tying a group of combatants to the successes and failures of their military commanders leads to a failure to understand such groups as distinct social units and, in some instances, self-supporting societies: structured around a defined social and political hierarchy; regulated by law; needing to be supplied and nurtured; and often at odds with the human community whose lands they occupied, be they those of friend or foe. The Historical Archaeology of Military Sites will afford students, professionals dealing with military sites, and the interested public examples of the latest techniques and proven field methods to aid understanding and conservation of these vital pieces of the world’s heritage.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright Page
  2. pp. iii-iv
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. vii-ix
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  1. Section One: Historical-Archaeological Methods and the Documentation, Analysis, and Interpretation of Military Sites
  2. pp. 1-2
  1. Chapter One: A Historian's Role at the Snake Hill Excavations, Ontario, Canada
  2. pp. 3-9
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  1. Chapter Two: Some Recommendations and Applications
  2. pp. 11-20
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  1. Chapter Three: Using Forensic Techniques in Archaeological Investigations to Investigate Military Remains
  2. pp. 21-29
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  1. Chapter Four: Battlefield Archaeology and Forensic Sites
  2. pp. 31-38
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  1. Chapter Five: Maritime Archaeology of Naval Battlefields
  2. pp. 39-56
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  1. Chapter Six: Theoretical and Practical Approaches to Investigating Civil War Campsites
  2. pp. 57-73
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  1. Chapter Seven: The Role of Geophysical Survey and Archaeology in Interpreting the Buried Fortifications at Petersburg, Virginia
  2. pp. 75-82
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  1. Section Two: Topics in the Historical Archaeology of Military Sites
  2. pp. 83-85
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  1. Chapter Eight: Examining and Interpreting the Debris of Battle
  2. pp. 87-98
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  1. Chapter Nine: Dissecting Seventeenth- and Eighteenth-Century Battlefields: Two Case Studies from the Jacobite Rebellions in Scotland
  2. pp. 99-111
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  1. Chapter Ten: Patterning in Earthen Fortifications
  2. pp. 113-121
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  1. Chapter Eleven: Examples from Virginia and West Virginia
  2. pp. 123-133
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  1. Chapter Twelve: A New Challenge for Battlefield Archaeologists
  2. pp. 135-147
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  1. Chapter Thirteen: History, Archaeology, and the Battle of Balaclava (Crimea, 1854)
  2. pp. 149-164
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  1. Chapter Fourteen: Cultural Landscapes and Collateral Damage: Fredericksburg and Northern Spotsylvania County, Virginia, in the Civil War
  2. pp. 165-176
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  1. Chapter Fifteen: Naval Battlefields as Cultural Landscapes: The Siege of Yorktown
  2. pp. 177-187
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  1. Chapter Sixteen: The Maple Leaf: Wreck Site of a Civil War Transport Ship
  2. pp. 189-196
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  1. Chapter Seventeen: Naval Monuments and Memorials: Symbols in a Contested Landscape
  2. pp. 197-207
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  1. Chapter Eighteen: "We Must Act Under Our Own Chiefs According to our Own Customs": Understanding Indigenous Military Archaeology
  2. pp. 209-218
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  1. Chapter Nineteen: Tragedy of the Nez Perce War of 1877: An Archaeological Expression
  2. pp. 219-228
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  1. Glossary
  2. pp. 229-243
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  1. References
  2. pp. 245-268
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 269-281
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