- Archaeological Research in St Petersburg, Russia
- The Slave Trade and Coastal West Africa
- The Archaeologist’s Evangeline: Historical Archaeology in Acadia
- Later Historical Archaeologies of the North Atlantic
- Many Worlds Colliding: Historical Archaeologies in South Africa
- Documentary Archaeology: Dialogues and Discourses
- Antarctic Archaeology: Discussing the History of the Southernmost End of the World
- On the Fence, Over the Fence: Archaeologies of Recent Conflict
- Far Behind the Front: The Ambitions and Shortcomings of an Aspiring Military State in the Seventeenth Century
- The Early Modern New Found Land
- Modernization on the Northern Fringe of Europe: The Historical Archaeology of Early Modern Sweden
- The First Century of the Town of Tornio: Urbanization on the Northern Edge of Europe
- Manchester: Archetypal Industrial City
- The Origins of New York City: From Indian Country to World Port
- Maturing Nicely: Overseas Chinese Archaeology in Australia and New Zealand
- Adapting to a Dry Continent: Technology and Environment in Australian Industrial Archaeology
- French Colonial Louisiana: The Rough Terrains of Empire
- The Archaeology of Early Modern South East Asia
- British Military Sites from Albany to Crown Point
- Definitions in Historical Archaeology: Enslaved African Americans Cultivating a Scientific Garden, Wye House, Maryland, USA
- Historical Archaeology in Mexico
- The North American Fur Trade in Historical and Archaeological Perspective
- ‘Remotely Global’ Village Life in Interior West Africa
- Historical Archaeology in Central America
- The Gibbs Farmstead: The Archaeology of Material Life in Southern Appalachia
- Indians, Africans, and Europeans: Social Pluralism in Early Colonial New York
- Beyond Squanto and the Pilgrims: Indians and Europeans in New England
- Modern-World Archaeology
- Missionization, Māori, and Colonial Warfare in Nineteenth-Century New Zealand
- Lessons from Ethnic Studies: Collaborative Directions for Asian American Historical Archaeology
Abstract and Keywords
The character of historical archaeology in South Africa has been cast by the geography of its development and the historical roots of its subject matter. Arising in the south-western Cape, where Europeans collided with the nomadic Khoe and Bushmen, research agendas meshed with broader sub-disciplinary goals for a global, comparative archaeology of the last 500 years. In practice, this led to a focus on sites associated with European colonists. Investigations issuing from the ‘other side’ of these encounters were rare. In this chapter we acknowledge the important precedents set by pioneer researchers and explore how historical archaeologies in the interior offer new directions. Here encroaching colonists met established farming groups, encounters that set in motion complex and historically situated long-term entanglements. Recent and developing research in these areas signals a growing maturity within the field, enhanced by increasing collaboration among archaeologists of different sub-disciplinary persuasions, and between archaeologists and historians.
Joanna Behrens is a lecturer in the Department of Anthropology and Archaeology at the University of South Africa. She is an archaeological dabbler who likes to potter around colonial frontiers, lately in northern South Africa.
Natalie Swanepoel is a senior lecturer in the Department of Anthropology and Archaeology at the University of South Africa. Her research focuses on the theory and practice of the archaeology of the last 500 years in West and Southern Africa.
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