Twenty-First Century Historical Archaeology

TitleTwenty-First Century Historical Archaeology
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2010
AuthorsOrser, CE
JournalJournal of Archaeological Research
KeywordsCapitalism, Heritage and memory, Historical archaeology, Inequality, Scale

The practice of historical archaeology has exploded over the past two decades, and especially since 2000. Methodological advances and new theoretical insights mean that archaeological research requires periodic evaluation, and this overview builds on the work of three earlier assessors of the discipline. Here, I concentrate on four areas of research currently being pursued by historical archaeologists: analytical scale, capitalism, social inequality, and heritage and memory. I conclude that historical archaeologists have made major strides in understanding the modern world and that future research promises to offer diverse perspectives that will deepen our appreciation for how the past influences the present.