In Small Things Forgotten: An Archaeology Of Early American Life


Author: James Deetz

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History is recorded in many ways. According to  author James Deetz, the past can be seen most fully  by studying the small things so often forgotten.  Objects such as doorways, gravestones, musical  instruments, and even shards of pottery fill in the  cracks between large historical events and depict  the intricacies of daily life.  Fully acknowledging the presence  of women and African Americans in Colonial  America. New interpretations of archaeological finds  detail how minorities influenced and were affected  by the development of the Anglo-American tradition  in the years following the settlers’ arrival in  Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1620. Records of estate auctions show that many  households in Colonial America contained only one  chair–underscoring the patriarchal nature of the  early American family. All other members of the  household sat on stools or the  floor.  The excavation of a tiny community of  freed slaves in Massachusetts reveals evidence of  the transplantation of African culture to North  America.

Author: James Deetz

Published: 1996

Pages: 304


ISBN: 9780985483995