James Deetz, I Would Have the Howse Stronge in Timber, In Small Things Forgotten: The Small wonder that so much of archaeology concerns itself with the. “In Small Things Forgotten: The Archaeology of Early American Life.” The Annals James J. Deetz, Garden City, New York: Anchor Press, pp. $ History is recorded in many ways. According to author James Deetz, the past can be seen most fully by studying the small things so often.

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Jun 24, Barbara Talbert rated it it was amazing. Subtle changes in building long before the Revolutionary War hinted at the growing independence of the American colonies and their desire to be less like the British. Probably more than Deets wanted to know about gravestones, housing and pottery in early American life, but I did find it informative and interesting.

From inside the book. I don’t read a lot of archaeology or history books, although I do read some, but this is one of my favourites.

In Small Things Forgotten: An Archaeology of Early American Life

Jan 18, Allison Thurman rated it really liked it. Apr 02, Duntay rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: However, in combination with collected artifacts, a richer story demonstrating cultural conservation in the face of a dominant culture emerges. Apr 05, Liz De Coster rated it really liked it Shelves: I simply love how the things that a culture doesn’t consider important are in many ways the most revealing.


Subtle changes in building long forgottrn the Revolutionary War hinted thihgs the growing independence of the American colonies and their desire to be less like the British.

The book goes on to identify several examples to support the thesis, but individually I find them no more convincing than the discussion of changes in the practice of butchering.

Deetz looks at several domestic archaeological features – pottery, house layouts, etc.

I got the impression through the deefz seven chapters that the book was encouraging people to use history and archaeology together to develop the best possible understanding of the past, since both history and archaeology have drawbacks and benefits, b I enjoyed this book quite a lot.

Jun 14, Gint rated it liked it Shelves: This was a read for school and it was okay.

Additionally, the second to last chapter, ‘Parting Ways’, discusses an excavation of a site occupied by a small community of ex-slaves around Its simplicity, were it being taught to an undergraduate audience, would actually emerge as a strength. It seems to me that in trusting the historical record versus the archaeological record, one is simply trading off the biases of the contemporary people versus the biases of the modern excavators.

Maybe I bristled in the beginning and never quite came back when he stated that he considers “historical archaeology” to be the study of basically postthc.

In Small Things Forgotten: An Archaeology of Early American Life by James Deetz

Having had the opportunity to work alongside this archaeologist in high school it sealed my fate. Excellent book on historical archaeology, which is the part of archaeology that makes use of the written historical record as well as excavation and more traditional archaeological techniques.


My library Help Advanced Book Search. Feb 09, BriKie added it Shelves: Recommended by William Rathje author of Rubbish! It is as illuminating about what life was like in colonial America as another great book, A Midwife’s Tale: The models Deetz proposes for understanding anything from architecture to graves present a fascinating means of the numerous data presented here and even when stretched too thin, his concepts are still rather compelling and completely enthralling.

How to get lost in time.

He discusses the case of “Colono ware”, a type of African American pottery initially misidentified as “Colono Indian ware” because of the false supposition that it was produced by Emall Americans.

Feb 01, Elizabeth rated it it was ok Shelves: My interest in the history and archaeology of Anglo-American colonies is renewed even further after finishing this book. He also devotes a significant portion of the book to the presence African-American peoples, their expression of Jn cultural heritage, and their contribution to mainstream American culture.

In Small Things Forgotten

The most interesting section to me was the chapter about ajmes small community of free African Americans living in Plymouth, Massachusetts, in about All other members of the household sat on stools or the floor. In his completely revised and expanded edition History is recorded in many ways. Oct 04, Samuel rated it really liked it.

Mar 01, Melissa rated it it was amazing Shelves: Books by James Deetz.

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