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Shackel, Paul A., and Barbara J. Little. Historical Archaeology of the Chesapeake. Washington, DC: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1994.
This book is a large volume (eighteen separately written chapters) focusing on historical and archaeological research in the Chesapeake region. Although the book is written by archaeologists, topics covered within their research encompass not only archaeology, but architectural history, landscape studies, cultural studies, feminist studies, and not a few more. In addition, the chapters tend to be relatively jargon free. The book is useful for researchers interested in studying cultural landscapes, particularly because the second part of the book (Plantation and Landscape Studies) includes three chapters dedicated to landscape studies which provide insight into different approaches or methods for interpreting landscapes. Furthermore, other articles in the book provide insight into landscapes of the Chesapeake during particular time periods, within rural and urban environments, and frontiers. This book will be helpful to those who wish to look for various methods of interpreting cultural landscapes, and particularly, those interested in archaeological landscapes, African-American historical landscapes, and plantation landscapes. [E. Martin]