Term of Award
Master of Arts in Social Sciences (M.A.)
Document Type and Release Option
Thesis (open access)
Department of Sociology and Anthropology
Sue Mullins Moore
Committee Member 1
Committee Member 2
Virgil Noble (1996) has noted a deficiency in historical archaeological research within the sphere of cultural resource management, attributable to inadequacies within regulatory agencies, resulting in trite methodological exercises. This thesis demonstrates that another problem can be found in the basic methodology of historical archaeology as translated into practice in compliance archaeology. A review of a data recovery project in Jasper County, South Carolina shows that the necessary relationship between the documentary and archaeological particulars, that are not well codified in the standards for archaeological investigations, led to the creation of a program of study that would likely lead to a flat minimalist study. As such, a more thorough understanding of a sites history and context is needed in order to structure a research design prior to field investigations, subsequent analyses, and interpretations to produce more relevant and meaningful studies.
Sawyer, Angus Caldwell, "History, Historical Archaeology, and Cultural Resource Management: A Case Study from Jasper County, South Carolina" (2008). Electronic Theses & Dissertations. 613.