Man Who Found Thoreau Roland W. Robbins and the Rise of Historical Archaeology in America

ISBN-10: 1584654252

ISBN-13: 9781584654254

Edition: 2004

Authors: Donald W. Linebaugh

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In The Man Who Found Thoreau Donald Linebaugh presents a succinct, articulate examination of the work of the pioneering but controversial archaeologist Roland Wells Robbins (1908-1987) and the development of historical archaeology in America. In 1945 the self-taught Robbins discovered the remains of Thoreau's cabin at Walden Pond. He excavated the site, documented his findings, and in 1947 published a short book, Discovery at Walden, about the experience. This project launched Robbins's career in archaeology, restoration, and reconstruction, and he went on to excavate at a number of New England iron works and other sites, including the Philipsburg Manor Upper Mills in New York, Stawbery Banke in New Hampshire, and Shadwell, Thomas Jefferson's Virginia birthplace. Although lacking academic training, Robbins quickly developed remarkably sophisticated techniques for the period. However, his "pick and shovel" methods were considered suspect and increasingly frowned upon by the emerging American historical archaeological establishment. As the profession evolved, trained American historical archaeologists, according to Donald Linebaugh, too scrupulously wrote Robbins out of the history of their emerging field. With the help of previously unpublished information, the author offers a balanced assessment of Robbins and his place in New England regional history and the history of American historical archaeology. The Man Who Found Thoreau is a must-read for scholars, students, and historical archaeology buffs alike.
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List price: $27.95
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: University Press of New England
Publication date: 11/4/2004
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 314
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.298
Language: English

The road to ruins and restoration : historic preservation and historical archaeology on the road to Walden Pond
House hunting for Henry David Thoreau
Forging a new career : excavating the ironworks sites of New England
The rudiments of a scientific approach
Historical archaeology comes of age
A "Thoreau Yankee" meets the academy
Archaeological projects of Roland Wells Robbins
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