Term of Award

Spring 2008

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Social Sciences (M.A.)

Document Type and Release Option

Thesis (open access)

Department

Department of Sociology and Anthropology

Committee Chair

Sue Mullins Moore

Committee Member 1

Peggy Hargis

Committee Member 2

Ronald Bailey

Abstract

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.

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