Massacres

“A book of great scope. Researchers of different disciplinary backgrounds problematize a simple question: what constitutes a massacre? Is it the number buried, their demographics, the cause of death, or the treatment of remains? This book represents a new foundation for the study of massacres.”—R. Brian Ferguson, editor of The State, Identity and Violence: Political Disintegration … Continue reading Massacres

Remembering and Forgetting Organized Racial Violence

REMEMBERING AND FORGETTING ORGANIZED RACIAL VIOLENCE by Margaret M. Mulrooney, author of Race, Place, and Memory: Deep Currents in Wilmington, North Carolina As a historian, I’m amazed by the correlations between today’s political climate and that of a century ago. Voter suppression and fraud? Check. Intense political partisanship? Check. Paramilitary violence against civilians, intensified white supremacist activity, … Continue reading Remembering and Forgetting Organized Racial Violence

An Archaeology of Structural Violence

“Brilliantly underscores how the manifestations of modern alienation and social inequality must be at the center of any truly anthropological analysis in the twenty-first century. This fantastic volume makes us comprehend the immense complexities of violent modernity and will compel us to critically interrogate our past, our present, and our future.”—Daniel O. Sayers, author of A … Continue reading An Archaeology of Structural Violence

Archaeology and the Secrets of Everyday Objects

Read on for an excerpt from Adventures in Archaeology: The Wreck of the Orca II and Other Explorations.  Wrecked aircraft and abandoned airfields, old highway billboards and derelict boats, movie props, deserted mining operations. In this book, archaeologist P.J. Capelotti explores the places and things that people don’t typically think of as archaeological sites and artifacts, showing … Continue reading Archaeology and the Secrets of Everyday Objects

Ceramics of Ancient America

“In its broad topical and geographical scope, this volume demonstrates the many ways scholars can productively study ancient ceramics and the diversity of questions their studies can address.”—Christopher A. Pool, coeditor of The Oxford Handbook of Mesoamerican Archaeology “Expansive in scope, including cases spanning millennia and traversing North, Central, and South America, this interdisciplinary collection of … Continue reading Ceramics of Ancient America

The Archaeology of Villages in Eastern North America

“A remarkable and coordinated array of case studies that documents the variable pathways leading to the appearance of village life in eastern North America. Rather than stepping stones in an evolutionary course inexorably leading to bigger and more complex settlements, villages are shown to be precarious experiments, a tension-filled stage for improvising new forms of … Continue reading The Archaeology of Villages in Eastern North America

Adventures in Archaeology

Discover a little-known world of archaeology   “Transcendent. A brilliant, thought-provoking exploration of the role of archaeology in understanding the recent past, this book takes the reader on a journey from the frozen north, the depths of the sea, and the vastness of the Pacific to the ends of space.”—James P. Delgado, coauthor of The Maritime … Continue reading Adventures in Archaeology