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The Archaeology of Liberty in an American Capital

Excavations in Annapolis

Mark Leone (Author)


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What do archaeological excavations in Annapolis, Maryland, reveal about daily life in the city's history? Considering artifacts such as ceramics, spirit bundles, printer's type, and landscapes, this engaging, generously illustrated, and original study illuminates the lives of the city's residents—walking, seeing, reading, talking, eating, and living together in freedom and in oppression for more than three hundred years. Interpreting the results of one of the most innovative projects in American archaeology, The Archaeology of Liberty in an American Capital speaks powerfully to the struggle for liberty among African Americans and the poor.
List of Illustrations and Tables

1. The Importance of Knowing Annapolis
2. The Research Design
3. Landscapes of Power
4. The Rise of Popular Opinion
5. Time and Work Discipline
6. From Althusser and Lukács to Habermas: Archaeology in Public in Annapolis
7. African America
8. What Do We Know?

Works Cited
Mark P. Leone is Professor of Anthropology at the University of Maryland, College Park. He is coauthor, with Neil A. Silberman, of Invisible America (1995), and coeditor, with Parker B. Potter, of Recovery of Meaning: Historical Archaeology in the Eastern United States (1988), among other books.
“An ambitious book that has been thought out deeply and at length. . . . The most important book on historical archaeology in a generation.”—American Antiquity
“One of the most innovative and successful long-term research projects in the country . . . this volume reports on its findings clearly and concisely. . . . This book will set the standard for years to come.”—American Journal Of Archaeology
“[This] fresh look at Annapolis, above and below ground, opens up one of America’s oldest worlds.”—Jamie Stiehm Baltimore Sun
"The Archaeology of Liberty in an American Capital is the work of a mature scholar reporting on one of the most important, large-scale, and long-range projects in contemporary American archaeology."—Randall McGuire, author of The Archaeology of Inequality

"Many would argue the Mark Leone is the most distinguished practitioner of historical archaeology in the United States, and one of the most prominent in the world."—Thomas C. Patterson, coeditor of Making Alternative Histories

2008 James Deetz Book Award, Society for Historical Archaeology

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