The Illinois State Archaeological Survey proudly announces the release of our latest publication, Possible Futures for the Recent Past: A Chronological and Resource-Based Framework for Historic Research Design in Illinois edited by Robert Mazrim with contributions by Thomas E. Emerson, Duane Esarey, Robert Mazrim, and a preface by Brad H. Koldehoff and Timothy R. Pauketat.
This long-awaited volume addresses many topical issues in historic-era archaeology today. The 192-page paperback volume is printed with full-color figures and images.
"Don’t let the rather standard subtitle fool you—this is no ordinary compilation of “best practices” or manual for research design in Illinois archaeology. Instead, it is a provocative manifesto delivered with language that palpably conveys the editor’s experience with, hopes for, and frustrations within historical archaeology.... Some readers will find Mazrim’s take refreshing and inspirational for historical archaeology going forward in 2020; some will take Mazrim’s critiques to heart, even if disagreeing with some points or perspectives, to seek more robust or at least more tailored archaeological interpretations; and others will push back.... This volume will surely become required reading for all historical archaeologists in Illinois, as they will have to come to terms with the issues laid out clearly here, but this book will also resonate with historical archaeologists across the U.S. who tackle similar issues, especially ones that concern the very fabric, value, and practice of U.S. historical archaeology focused on the last 150 years."—Stephen W. Silliman, University of Massachusetts, Boston
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