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Paul A. Shackel, Paul R. Mullins, and Mark S. Warner (eds.). Annapolis Pasts. The University of Tennessee Press: Knoxville. 1998.
This volume includes works from historic archaeologists working on over 40 sites in the city of Annapolis since the early 1980s. The primary goal of this collection is to illuminate the history of underrepresented groups in the historical record, such as African-Americans, women, and lower and middle class Anglos in Annapolis, Maryland. The second goal of this work is to provide examples for making archaeology more accessible to the general public. A brief history of Annapolis, the archaeological investigations, and the major themes of the research, including archaeology of the masses, the elite, African American Annapolis, and the town plan, are presented in the introduction. The volume is divided into three sections that follow Archaeology in Annapolis’ central themes of research. Part one focuses on the presentation of the past. The articles outline the various methods used by the project and others to construct historical interpretations. Archaeology in Annapolis has used ethnographic surveys and oral histories to identify issues that are relevant to residents of Annapolis. Part two centers on everyday lifeways. The essays focus on what archaeology tells us about groups who are underrepresented in the historical record, such as African Americans, women, and the working class. These groups often resisted the dominant ideology and created alternative identities for themselves. The third section concentrates on landscape and architecture. The contributions in the section focus on how cultural landscapes were constructed by the dominant society to express their power and prestige and the meanings they attached to those landscapes. They explore how social agents actively modify, accept, or reject those meanings. [J. Stabler]