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American Artifacts of Personal Adornment, 1680-1820


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1 CHAPTER 1: Introduction 2 CHAPTER 2: Sources for Interpreting Artifacts of Personal Adornment 3 CHAPTER 3: Clothing Fasteners 4 CHAPTER 4: Jewelry 5 CHAPTER 5: Hair Accessories 6 CHAPTER 6: Miscellaneous Accessories 7 References 8 Index 9 About the Author

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Carolyn L. White is assistant professor of historical archaeology in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Nevada, Reno, and is a research fellow at Boston University.


White blazes a trail for historical archaeologists and material culture researchers who are interested not just in identifying and dating the objects they study but also in their social and cultural import. Excavated artifacts of personal adornment are often minute both in size and in proportion to finds such as ceramics and glass, and their significance is easily overlooked. More than a reference work, White's guide provides the theoretical grounding and a methodological framework for interpreting items of personal adornment in light of gender roles and the physical construction of the body through dress. It is a sophisticated, exhaustive, and much-need work. -- Mary C. Beaudry, Boston University
White provides an unparalleled resource for archaeologists, historians, museum professionals, and the general public interested in personal adornment. Her comprehensive research and discussion of the history, manufacture, distribution, and, most importantly, the meaning of artifacts of personal adornment for the people inhabiting colonial New England is breathtakingly executed; allowing us to more broadly and creatively conceptualize this important class of artifacts. -- Diana Loren, Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, Harvard University
This is a wonderful guide to a class of artifacts that connects to individual idiosyncrasies. White opens up real possibilities for getting closer to people in the past and she gives us a method for doing it. This book not only identifies artifacts of personal adornment, it interprets them in cultural context. It is a gift to historical archaeologists and to all scholars who think about the construction of identity. -- Rebecca Yamin, John Milner Associates, Inc.

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