The life and death of a home: House history in a subsurface feature

Steven N. Archer, Kevin M. Bartoy, Charlotte L. Pearson

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In this chapter, the authors take a high resolution multi-evidentiary approach to examine a single stratified feature from a seventeenth-century house lot in meticulous detail. In doing so, the possibility of interpreting detailed issues of site, structure and landscape are demonstrated; far beyond the capabilities of a standard, rote artifact analysis of the same feature. It is argued that in such contexts weighing alternative data categories, such as botanical and micromorphological evidence, equally with conventionally-recorded artifact and stratigraphic evidence, can yield detailed new lines of inquiry and far more rigorous interpretations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationBetween Dirt and Discussion
Subtitle of host publicationMethods, Methodology, and Interpretation in Historical Archaeology
PublisherSpringer US
Number of pages33
ISBN (Print)0387342184, 9780387342184
StatePublished - 2006


  • Archaeobotany
  • Chesapeake
  • Historical archaeology
  • Landscape change
  • Methodology
  • Microstratigraphy
  • Paleoethnobotany
  • Phytoliths
  • Root cellars
  • Seventeenth century
  • Soil micromorphology
  • Stratigraphic analysis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences
  • General Arts and Humanities


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