Archaeology of Southern Urban Landscapes
376 pages, 6 x 9
Release Date:18 Oct 2000
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Archaeology of Southern Urban Landscapes

Edited by Amy L Young
University of Alabama Press
Groundbreaking essays in urban archaeology highlight the impact of towns and cities on the southern landscape

The rapid growth and development of urban areas in the South have resulted in an increase in the number of urban archaeology projects required by federal and state agencies. These projects provide opportunities not only to investigate marginal areas between the town and countryside but also to recover information long buried beneath the earliest urban structures. Such projects have also created a need for a one-volume update on archaeology as it is practiced in the urban areas of the southeastern United States.

Archaeology of Southern Urban Landscapes will assist practitioners and scholars in the burgeoning fields of urban and landscape archaeology by treating the South as a distinctive social, geographic, and material entity and by focusing on the urban South rather than the stereotypical South of rural plantations. The case studies in this volume span the entire southeastern United States, from Annapolis to New Orleans and from colonial times to the 19th century. The authors address questions involving the function of cities, interregional diversity, the evolution of the urban landscape, and the impact of the urban landscape on southern culture. By identifying the relationship between southern culture and the South's urban landscapes, this book will help us understand the built landscape of the past and predict future growth in the region.
This volume is a good source of case study research that makes available for the first time a broad array of information on historical archaeology in an urban setting. As the first book on the historical archaeology of Southern cities, it will find a wide readership from the field to classrooms.’
—Judy Bense, University of West Florida
Amy L. Young is assistant professor of anthropology at the University of Southern Mississippi.
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