Future directions in the archaeological study of post-1550 Britain & Ireland

Horning, A. and M. Palmer (eds.)

Hardback. 438 pp. Boydell press. Price: € 60,00.


  • 1  Foreword
  • 2  Introduction
  • 3  Introduction From crossing paths to sharing tracks
  • 4  Section One Introduction: Of Practice and Paradigm
  • 5  The Dialectics of Scale in the Historical Archaeology of the Modern World
  • 6  An amorphous farrago? The Contribution of Industrial Archaeology
  • 7  People versus machines or People and Machines? Current Research Directions within British Post-medieval and Industrial ArchaeologyIndustrial Archaeology
  • 8  A Review of the Archaeological Contribution to the understanding of the Industrial Past
  • 9  Twenty years a'growing: University-based Teaching & Research of Historical Archaeology on the island of Ireland
  • 10  Irish 'post-medieval' archaeology: time to lose our innocence?
  • 11  Encouraging interest in the recent past
  • 12  Post-Medieval Archaeology: a personal perspective
  • 13  An Archaeological Avant-Garde
  • 14  Section Two: Analytical Approaches Introduction
  • 15  Science for historic industries - glass and glassworking
  • 16  Bones of contention: why later post-medieval faunal assemblages in Britain matter
  • 17  Finds, Deposits, and Assigned Status: New Approaches to Defined Relationships
  • 18  Haulbowline Island, Cork Harbour, Ireland, c. 1816-1832. A new archaeological perspective on Ireland's 'coloniality'
  • 19  English Industrial Landscapes - divergence, convergence and perceptions of identity
  • 20  Historic Landscape Characterisation, More Than a Management Tool?
  • 21  The Whitehaven coast 1500-2000 - Post-Medieval, Industrial, and Historical archaeology?
  • 22  The changing countryside: the impact of industrialisation on rural settlement in the 18th and 19th centuries
  • 23  Understanding landscape: inter-disciplinary dialogue and the post-medieval countryside
  • 24  Section Three: Of People and Things Introduction
  • 25  Lancashire Cotton Mills and Power
  • 26  Material concerns: the State of Post-Medieval Finds Studies
  • 27  The View From Afar: International Perspectives on the Analysis of post-1750 Ceramics in Britain and Ireland
  • 28  Post-1550 urban archaeology in a developer-funded context: an example from Grand Arcade, Cambridge
  • 29  Rematerialising Metropolitan Histories? People, places and things in modern London
  • 30  Underneath the Arches: the afterlife of a railway viaduct
  • 31  'You knew where you were:' An archaeology of working households in turn-of-century Cheshire
  • 32  Pulling the Threads Together: Issues of Theory and Practice in an Archaeology of the Modern World
  • 33  Conclusion: The Way Forward?
  • The impetus for this volume lies in the expansion of interest in Post Medieval archaeology in university, commercial, and voluntary sectors.
  • The study of Post Medieval archaeology is a relatively new discipline but, within archaeology as a whole, it represents one of the fastest growing areas of study. Archaeologists seek to avoid the fragmentation of a still small discipline into subfields such as pre-1750 post-medieval archaeology, post-1750 industrial archaeology, or the incorporation of theory as somehow outside of the purview of the work of the older organisations. This important and timely volume brings together articles that consider the commonalties between approaches as well as the unique contributions made by members of each organisation towards the study of the material heritage of the post-1550 period.
    The chapters in the volume derive from a well-attended three day conference held at the University of Leicester in April 2008 and sponsored by the Society for Post-medieval Archaeology, the Association for Industrial Archaeology, and the Irish Post-Medieval Archaeology Group. The aim of the discussion-focused conference was to foster enhanced understanding and cooperation between the organisations and their approaches; with in-depth consideration of the future of the broader field of historical archaeology. The volume will bring the debate from the conference to a wider academic, professional, and vocational audience and, it is anticipated, will act as a benchmark by which future development will be judged.
  • Reviews:
  • A handsomely produced volume. ENGLISH HISTORICAL REVIEW
    Eclectic, yes, but also explanatory and exciting. BRITISH ARCHAEOLOGY
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