The Familiar Past? Archaeologies of Later Historical Britain

Tarlow, Sarah and West, Susie eds. (1999). The Familiar Past? Archaeologies of Later Historical Britain. London and New York: Routledge.



The popular perception of archaeologists as people who dig up things from the prehistoric or classical world is being challenged. Archaeology, as the study of physical remains of the human past, includes the Victorian workhouse as well as the Bronze Age axe. This collection surveys material culture from 1500 to the prsent day and demonstrates how its study can bring a new understanding to what we think of as the familiar past. Fourteen case studies draw together current interpretative work in Britain, explicitly influenced by recent methodological and theoretical developments.

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