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Excavating Nauvoo: The Mormons And The Rise Of Historical Archaeology In America.

Pykles, Benjamin C; Schuyler, Robert C (foreword).

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ISBN 10: 0803218931 / ISBN 13: 9780803218932
Published by University of Nebraska Press, Lincoln, 2010
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352 pages. Hardcover with dustjacket. New book. ARCHAEOLOGY. This detailed study of the excavation and restoration of the city of Nauvoo, Illinois, reveals the roots of historical archaeology. In the late 1960s, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints sponsored an archaeology program to authentically restore the city of Nauvoo, which was founded along the Mississippi River in the 1840s by the Mormons as they moved west. Non-Mormon scholars were also interested in Nauvoo because it was representative of several western frontier towns in this era. As the archaeology and restoration of Nauvoo progressed, however, conflicts arose, particularly regarding control of the site and its interpretation for the public. The field of historical archaeology was just coming into its own during this period, with myriad perspectives and doctrines being developed and tested. The Nauvoo site was one of the places where the discipline was forged. This well-researched account weaves together multiple viewpoints in examining the many contentious issues surrounding the archaeology and restoration of the city of Nauvoo, Illinois, providing an illuminating picture of the early days of professional historical archaeology. (Key Words: Archaeology, History, Mormons, Latter Day Saints, Nauvoo, Illinois). Bookseller Inventory # 71796X1

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Title: Excavating Nauvoo: The Mormons And The Rise ...

Publisher: University of Nebraska Press, Lincoln

Publication Date: 2010

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:New

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

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This detailed study of the excavation and restoration of the city of Nauvoo, Illinois, reveals the roots of historical archaeology. In the late 1960s, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints sponsored an archaeology program to authentically restore the city of Nauvoo, which was founded along the Mississippi River in the 1840s by the Mormons as they moved west. Non-Mormon scholars were also interested in Nauvoo because it was representative of several western frontier towns in this era. As the archaeology and restoration of Nauvoo progressed, however, conflicts arose, particularly regarding control of the site and its interpretation for the public. The field of historical archaeology was just coming into its own during this period, with myriad perspectives and doctrines being developed and tested. The Nauvoo site was one of the places where the discipline was forged. This well-researched account weaves together multiple viewpoints in examining the many contentious issues surrounding the archaeology and restoration of the city of Nauvoo, Illinois, providing an illuminating picture of the early days of professional historical archaeology.

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Benjamin C. Pykles is an assistant professor of anthropology at the State University of New York at Potsdam. Robert L. Schuyler is an associate professor of anthropology at the University of Pennsylvania and associate curator-in-charge of historical archaeology at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. He is a past president of the Society for Historical Archaeology and the 2009 recipient of the J. C. Harrington Medal in Historical Archaeology.

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