Date of Award


Document Type




First Reader

Dr. Ann M. Early

Second Reader

Dr. Tom Greer

Third Reader

Professor Lavell Cole


Despite early examples of historical archaeology in North America, the field did not gain formal status until the mid-1960s. Since that time there has been continual debate as to what historical archaeology actually is, what it does or what it should do. To understand this debate, it is first necessary to examine some early orientations of the discipline.



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