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Eastern Shore Indians of Virginia and Maryland
Eastern Shore Indians of Virginia and Maryland
Rountree, Helen C.

Mixing chronological narrative with a full ecological portrait, anthropologists Rountree and Davidson have reconstructed the culture and history of Virginia’s and Maryland’s...


The Virginia Adventure
The Virginia Adventure

Roanoke to James Towne

Noël Hume, Ivor

In The Virginia Adventure, Noel Hume turns his attention to the two earliest English settlements in Virginia, Roanoke and James Towne, with fascinating results. Combining...


By the Work of Their Hands
By the Work of Their Hands

Studies in Afro-American Folklife

Vlach, John M.

In this book, America's foremost scholar of African-American folklife revolutionizes our understanding of Afro-American material culture. Bringing to the essays his extensive...


Flowerdew Hundred
Flowerdew Hundred

The Archaeology of a Virginia Plantation, 1619–1864

Deetz, James

Deetz’s Flowerdew Hundred is a synopsis of the result of twenty-five years of archaeological investigations at Flowerdew Hundred, a former plantation on the south side...


"I, Too, Am America"
"I, Too, Am America"

Archaeological Studies of African-American Life

Singleton, Theresa A.

The moral mission archaeology set in motion by black activists in the 1960s and 1970s sought to tell the story of Americans, particularly African Americans, forgotten by the...


A Passion for the Past
A Passion for the Past

The Odyssey of a Transatlantic Archaeologist

Noël Hume, Ivor

Ivor Noël Hume has devoted his life to uncovering countless lives that came before him. In A Passion for the Past the world-renowned archaeologist turns to his own life...


Belzoni
Belzoni

The Giant Archaeologists Love to Hate

Noël Hume, Ivor

The Italian son of a barber. A failed hydraulic engineer. A giant who performed feats of strength and agility in the circus. Giovanni Belzoni (1778–1824) was all of these...


Possession, Ecstasy, and Law in Ewe Voodoo
Possession, Ecstasy, and Law in Ewe Voodoo
Rosenthal, Judy

As a new resident of Togo in 1985, Judy Rosenthal witnessed her first Gorovodu trance ritual. Over the next eleven years, she studied this voodoo in West Africa's Ewe...


Tigers in Africa
Tigers in Africa

Stalking the Past at the Cape of Good Hope

Schrire, Carmel

A characteristically unconventional and engaging work, Carmel Schrire’s Tigers in Africa: Stalking the Past at the Cape of Good Hope interweaves such diverse themes as colonial...


Jamestown, the Truth Revealed
Jamestown, the Truth Revealed
Kelso, William M.

What was life really like for the band of adventurers who first set foot on the banks of the James River in 1607? Important as the accomplishments of these men and women were,...


Commoners, Tribute, and Chiefs
Commoners, Tribute, and Chiefs

The Development of Algonquian Culture in the Potomac Valley

Potter, Stephen R.

Using an innovative combination of archaeology, anthropology, and ethnohistory, Stephen R. Potter traces the rise of the Chicacoans, whose domain on the south shore of the...


Old Fields
Old Fields

Photography, Glamour, and Fantasy Landscape

Stilgoe, John R.

Glamour subverts convention. Models, images, and even landscapes can skew ordinary ways of seeing when viewed through the lens of photography, suggesting new worlds imbued with...


Virginia Folk Legends
Virginia Folk Legends
Barden, Thomas E.

What do devil dogs, witches, haunted houses, Daniel Boone, Railroad Bill, "Justice John" Crutchfield, and lost silver mines have in common? All are among the subjects included...


Martin's Hundred
Martin's Hundred
Noël Hume, Ivor

The author describes his archeological excavation of a seventeenth-century English settlement in Virginia and his discovery of evidence of the early colonial way of life.

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In and Out of the West
In and Out of the West

Reconstructing Anthropology

Godelier, Maurice

Is anthropology simply a continuation of colonial domination and cultural imperialism by other means, or has it--since its nineteenth-century rebirth as a purportedly...


Keep Your Head to the Sky
Keep Your Head to the Sky

Interpreting African American Home Ground

Gundaker, Grey

The concept of African American home ground knits together diverse aspects of the American landscape, from elite suburbs and tower apartments to the old homeplaces of the...


Digging through Darkness
Digging through Darkness

Chronicles of an Archaeologist

Schrire, Carmel

In Digging Through Darknes, Carmel Schrire interweaves art and fact to recreate a distant world. Tracking the broad sweep of European expansion into Africa, Australia, and the...


Jordan's Point, Virginia
Jordan's Point, Virginia

Archaeology in Perspective, Prehistoric to Modern Times

McCartney, Martha W.

Jordan’s Point, a nearly triangular promontory in the James River, is situated in Prince George County, just east of the confluence of the James and Appomattox Rivers. A broad...


Moments of Freedom
Moments of Freedom

Anthropology and Popular Culture

Fabian, Johannes

Johannes Fabian was one of the first anthropologists to introduce the concept of popular culture into the study of contemporary Africa. Drawing on his research in the Shaba...


Featherless Chickens, Laughing Women, and Serious Stories
Featherless Chickens, Laughing Women, and Serious Stories
Thomas, Jeannie B

Interested in preserving her family folklore, Jeannie B. Thomas recorded detailed oral histories from her mother and two grandmothers. While analyzing the tapes of these...


Buildings of Texas
Buildings of Texas

Central, South, and Gulf Coast

Moorhead, Gerald

The architectural history of Texas spans more than 300 years of European settlement and 10,000 years of habitation by native peoples. The incredibly diverse natural landscape...


Monacan Millennium
Monacan Millennium

A Collaborative Archaeology and History of a Virginia Indian People

Hantman, Jeffrey L.

While Jamestown and colonial settlements dominate narratives of Virginia’s earliest days, the land’s oldest history belongs to its native people. Monacan Millennium...