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Shackel, Paul A., Paul R. Mullins, and Mark S. Warner, eds. Annapolis Pasts: Historical Archaeology in Annapolis, Maryland. Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press, 1998.
Annapolis Pasts is the product of research performed by Archaeology in Annapolis. Composed of 15 articles written by authors with diverse backgrounds, the volume concentrates on why and how capitalism functioned in Annapolis from the seventeenth through the twentieth centuries. It emphasizes how capitalism controlled not only the economic market, but also social hierarchies and rules as well. There are three sections of the book, based on the project’s central themes. The first consists of “Presentation of the Past”, which discusses how historical archaeologists and historians interpret the past as they are shaped by current society. Authors discuss how their use of ethnography, community participation, and oral histories create a more complete picture of both historical and present-day Annapolis. The second section, “Everyday Lifeways”, focuses on how the material culture of Annapolitans reflects consumerism, use of space, and class. These concepts are illustrated by looking at the decline of earthfast architecture and therefore maintenance relationships, uses and comparisons between work and domestic space, ceramics, and faunal material. The third and final section titled “Landscape and Architecture” discusses archaeologists’ growing trends to focus on built environments as cultural landscapes. The main thrust of this section is to evaluate the built environment as sources of power. The authors focus on the Annapolis’ town plan and layout, as well as gardens and architecture. The final chapter discusses this compilation’s contribution to the theoretical framework of historical archaeology. [L. Plumley]