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- DescriptionBritain was the industrial and political powerhouse of the nineteenth century-the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution and the center of the largest empire of the time. With its broad imperial reach-and even broader indirect influence-Britain had a major impact on nineteenth-century material culture worldwide. Because British manufactured goods were widespread in British colonies and beyond, a more nuanced understanding of those goods can enhance the archaeological study of the people who used them far beyond Britain's shores. However, until recently archaeologists have given relatively little attention to such goods in Britain itself, thereby missing what is often revealing and useful contextual information for historical archaeologists working in countries where British goods were consumed while also leaving significant portions of Britain's own archaeological record poorly understood. The Importance of British Material Culture to Historical Archaeologies of the Nineteenth Century helps fill these gaps, through case studies demonstrating the importance and meaning of mass-produced material culture in Britain from the birth of the Industrial Revolution (mid-1700s) to early World War II. Examining items such as ceramics made for export-wig curlers and their significance as evidence of changes in fashion-various goods related to food culture, Scottish land documents, and artifacts of death, these studies enrich both an understanding of Britain itself and the many places it influenced during the height of its international power.
- Author BiographyAlasdair Brooks is a heritage consultant in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, and the editor of the journal Post-Medieval Archaeology and of Society for Historical Archaeology Newsletter. He is the author of An Archaeological Guide to British Pottery in Australia, 1788-1901.
- Author(s)Alasdair Brooks
- PublisherUniversity of Nebraska Press
- Date of Publication01/01/2016
- Series TitleSociety for Historical Archaeology Series in Material Culture
- Place of PublicationLincoln
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintUniversity of Nebraska Press
- Content Note67 figures, 4 maps, 18 tables
- Weight825 g
- Width3887 mm
- Height5817 mm
- Spine25 mm
- Format DetailsCloth over boards
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