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“Thoughtfully demonstrates how campus-based archaeology projects can improve higher educational institutions’ preservation planning, encourage reflective discussions of institutional heritage, and provide engaging teaching opportunities that produce rigorous scholarship.”—Journal of Higher Education

“Argues that campus environments are uniquely suited to archaeological study and public engagement.”—Journal of Middle Atlantic Archaeology

“Describes how archaeologists have used on-campus excavations to gain a better knowledge of academic life in previous centuries, to train students in archaeological techniques, and to foster a sense of a shared past among the numerous stakeholders on college campuses.”—Winterthur Portfolio

“Illustrate[s] that many college and university campuses contain significant archaeological deposits relating not only to the institutions’ histories, but to the histories of the broader campus and local communities in the past and to the creation of history, meaning, and identity in the present.”—Southeastern Archaeology

“Successfully integrat[es] field work at specific college campuses into larger trends within American academia. . . . An inspirational volume.”—Northeast Historical Archaeology

About the Author

Russell K. Skowronek, professor of anthropology and history at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, is coauthor or coeditor of several books including Pieces of Eight: More Archaeology of Piracy. Kenneth E. Lewis, professor of anthropology at Michigan State University, is author of West to Far Michigan: Settling the Lower Peninsula, 1815–1860 and Camden: Historical Archaeology in the South Carolina Backcountry.


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