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"An impressive compendium of varying, but related methods of understanding the war through historical archaeology. Readers willing to expend some effort will come away with a better understanding of the Civil War." - Civil War Book Review; From the introduction: "Archaeological Perspectives on the American Civil War is must reading for professionals, collectors, and all people interested in battlefield archaeology, the material culture of the Civil War era, and the preservation of associated sites." - Edwin C. Bearss, historian emeritus, National Park Service; "Speaks to the carnage of war, figuratively and literally, as each author [investigates] the physical evidence of the war and its ramifications to those living at the time and in our culture today. There is little question that the American Civil War changed the fabric of our culture in ways that are still being felt today, and this volume provides a real and tangible link, via the material culture left behind by its participants, to that time." - Douglas D. Scott, Midwest Archaeology Center, Lincoln, Nebraska

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Clarence R. Geier, professor of anthropology at James Madison University, is coeditor of Look to the Earth: Historical Archaeology and the American Civil War. Stephen R. Potter, regional archaeologist with the National Park Service for the National Capital Region, is the author of Commoners, Tribute, and Chiefs: The Development of Algonquian Culture in the Potomac Valley.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: University Press of Florida; 1st edition (February 28, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0813026512
  • ISBN-13: 978-0813026510
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 7 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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This is an absoulutely brilliant work and makes fascinating reading for any Civil War Buff, collector or digger. Very well written articles that belie any misaprehensions that this may be too technical a subject. I couldn't put it down. It exemplifies the belief that "every artifact has a story to tell." Highly recommended.
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This is an excellent book for the anyone interested both archaeology and history. Many people do not know what a great deal of information can be gleaned from an archaeological analysis of historic sites. The authors look at several archaeological studies done on the Civil War, especially the battle of Antietam, and shed some new light on military strategies, the ebb and flow of battlefields, and the daily lives of soldiers and citizens. A must-read for any Civil War buff and anyone interested in seeing how archaeology can affect the historical record.
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My college degree, light years ago, was in Historic Archaeology, and I've been a Civil War enthusiast for 40 years. So, when I spotted this book, I just had to check it out. I wasn't disappointed and neither will you be. Archaeology in the Civil War field is relatively new, save for the traditional structures. All of that changed with the burning and subsequent excavations of the Custer Battlefield. Finally we are seeing more and more applications to various Civil War sites, although all too often it is salvage archaeology. In any event, this book will give you a glimpse into the science of historic archaeology without bogging you down and zoning you out with the technical aspects. The sites covered are varied and historically interesting. It is a fun read with ample photographs and charts. Of particular interest, for example, were the excavations at Andersonville that produced some spectacular results on locating and identifying the walls. Your next visit to a Civil War site will never be the same after you read this book and get a new perspective of what you are walking on. Buy and enjoy this book!
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You really have to love the Civil War to enjoy this book. I'm reading it for a class. Yes, there are some chapters which are a little interesting. But overall, I just don't find American history that fascinating.
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