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Seeing the Forest and the Trees: Tracing Fuel Use and Landscape Change on the Eastern Pequot Reservation 1740-1850, Kalila Herring
Smoking as a Form of Persistence in a Christian Nipmuc Community, Jessica Ann Rymer
Systems of Sheep Husbandry at St-Seyla in Northern Iceland, Katherine R. Wagner



Measured Resistance: A Black Feminist Perspective on the Domestic Reform Movement, by Carolyn Horlacher
Improvement the Order of the Age": Historic Advertising, Consumer Choice, and Identity in 19th Century Roxbury, Massachusetts, by Janice A. Nosal
The Martha's Vineyard Experience: A Zooarchaeological Analysis of Diet and the Local Ecology, by Richie Roy
Ceramic Consumption in a Boston Immigrant Tenement, by Andrew J. Webster
Fashioning Identity: An Analysis of Consumption and Production Activity at a Nipmuc Farmstead, by Allison K. Carlton
Chase Home for Children: Childhood in Progressive New England, by Katherine M. Evans




Native Interactions and Economic Exchange: A Re-Evaluation of Plymouth Colony Collections, by Kellie J. Bowers
Environmental Dimensions of Colonial Settlement: A Palynological Investigation of La Cienega, New Mexico, by Kyle W. Edwards
Deep Coring, Viking Age Accumulation Rates and Household Wealth in Skagafjörður, Northern Iceland, by Eric D. Johnson
Living the History: The Role of Archaeology in the Interpretation of the Wampanoag Homesite at Plimoth Plantation, by Meredith P. Luze
Connecting Networks of History and Heritage at America's Oldest Seaport, by Kimberly Montoni
Ubiquitous and Unfamiliar: Earthenware Pottery Production Techniques and the Bradford Family Pottery of Kingston, MA, by Martha L. Sulya




Orchard House and the Making of Little Women, by Allison Conner
Disturbed But Not Destroyed: New Perspectives on Urban Archaeology and Class in 19th century Lowell, Massachusetts, by Katelyn M. Coughlan
Corporeal Negotiation at the Margins of the Colonial Landscape: An Examination of Late Eighteenth-Century Embodiment on the Eastern Pequot Reservation, by Keely B. Lewis
Altered Lives, Altered Environments: Creating Home at Manzanar Relocation Center, 1942-1945, by Laura W. Ng
Final Rest at the Hilltop Sanctuary: The Community of Mount Gilead AME Church, by Meagan M. Ratini
Seeing Red: Characterizing Historic Bricks at Sylvester Manor, Long Island, NY 1652-1735, by Martin John Schmidheiny
From Horse to Electric Power at the Metropolitan Railroad Company Site: Archaeology and the Narrative of Technological Change, by Miles Shugar
Changing Environments and Economies: A Comprehensive Zooarchaeological Study of the Eastern Pequot, by Courtney Williams


Cultural Continuity in a Nipmuc Landscape, by Joseph Bagley
Understanding Slave Subsistence in the Context of Changing Agricultural Practices: Paleoethnobotany at Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forest, by Samantha J. Henderson
Architectural Debris and Construction Sequencing at an 18th-Century Rural Native American Household in Connecticut, by Timothy D. Hollis
"On Long Run Under the Blue Hills": An Archaeology of Tenancy on the Pennsylvania Frontier, by Thomas J. Kutys
Spatial Analysis and Subsurface Survey at a 19th-Century Eastern Pequot Site in Connecticut, by Starla C. Lane
The Huguenot Home: Consumption Practices and Identity in Early 18th-Century New York City, by Theodor M. Maghrak
Whitehall: Newport's History in a House, by Katherine Malone Tarascio
Indigenous Cuisine: An Archaeological and Linguistic Study of Colonial Zapotec Foodways On The Isthmus of Tehuantepec, by Michelle R. Zulauf

The Battle Of Chelsea Creek, May 27-28, 1775: KOCOA Military Terrain Analysis Applied to Heavily Urbanized and Coastal Marine Environments Boston, Chelsea, And Revere, Massachusetts, by Craig James Brown
Comparing Ground-Penetrating Radar (GPR) Techniques in 18th-Century Yard Spaces, by Christiane Marie Carducci
Subsistence in the Shrinking Forest: Native and Euro-American Practice in 19th-Century Connecticut, by William A. Farley
Bound in Stone: A Landscape and Architectural Analysis of the Eastern Pequot Tribal Nation Reservation, Connecticut, by Sarah L. Hasho
Household Spaces: 18th- and 19th-Century Spatial Practices on the Eastern Pequot Reservation, by Anna Katharine Hayden
Coastal Connections and Reservation Contexts: Eastern Pequot Collection and Consumption of Shellfish in the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries, by Ryan Hunter
Growing Up a Washington: Childhood in 18th-Century Virginia, by Heidi Elizabeth Krofft
Sheep and Wool in Nineteenth-Century Falmouth, MA: Examining the Collapse of a Cape Cod Industry, by Leo Patrick Ledwell
Firearms Curation in Late Seventeenth- and Early Eighteenth Century Maritime Contexts: A Comparative Study, by Edward John Rodley
Bones in the Landfill: A Zooarchaeological Study from Faneuil Hall, by Linda M. Santoro
"She of Gentle Manners": An Examination of the Widow Pomeroy's Table and Tea Wares and the Emerging Domestic Sphere in Kinderhook, New York, by Megan E. Sullivan

A Viking Age Political Economy from Soil Core Tephrochronology, by Kathryn Anne Catlin
An Emptying Village: Transformations in Architecture and Spatial Organization at Streamstown Village, Co. Galway, by Meagan K. Conway
Creating A Community: A Study of Boston's 19th Century African American Population, by Kate Ryan Descoteaux
Flint at the Fort: Investigating Raw Material Scarcity and Locations of Lithic Activity at Monhantic Fort, by John M. Kelly
Captain Pierce's Fight: An Investigation Into a King Philip's War Battle and its Remembrance and Memorialization, by Lawrence K. LaCroix
Farmstead and Household Archaeology at the Barrett Farm, Concord, Massachusetts, by Thomas P. Mailhot
The Marketplace of Boston: Macrobotanical Remains from Faneuil Hall, by Ciana Faye Meyers
Urban Consumption in Late 19th-Century Dorchester, by Jennifer Poulsen

Foodways, Commensality and Nipmuc Identity: An Analysis of Faunal Remains F\from Sarah Boston’s Farmstead, Grafton, MA, 1790-1840, by Amélie Allard
Denison House: Women’s Use of Space in the Boston Settlement, by Heather M. Capitanio
“A Good Sized Pot”: Early 19th Century Planting Pots From Gore Place, Waltham, Massachusetts, by Rita A. Deforest
A Macrobotanical Analysis of Native American Maize Agriculture at the Smith’s Point Site, by Kelly A. Ferguson
Gentility and Gender Roles Within the 18th-Century Merchant Class of Newport, Rhode Island, by Nicki L. Hise
“King Prime of Fredonia Lane”: An Archaeology of Leadership in Hyde Park, New York’s Early Nineteeth-Century African American Community, by Trevor A. Johnson
Entertaining, Dining, and Novel Drinking: Rural Gentility and the Reverend John Hancock’s Household, Lexington, Massachusetts, 1700-1750, by Katie L. Kosack
Production and Consumption on a 19th-Century Spanish New Mexican Homestead: Exploring Daily Life Through Faunal and Floral Analyses, by Ashley A. Peles
Modest Ministers or Posh Preachers? A Study of the Personal Adornment Collection of the Hancock-Clarke House, Lexington, Massachusetts, by Sarah Ann Stephens
Beef, Mutton, Pork, And a Taste of Turtle: Zooarchaeology and Nineteenth-Century African American Foodways at the Boston-Higginbotham House, Nantucket, Massachusetts, by Michael A. Way

Provisioned, Produced, Procured: Slave Subsistence Strategies as Indicators of Plantation Social Relations at Thomas Jefferson’s Popular Forest, by Jessica D. Bowes
“That Charm of Remoteness”: A Study of Landscape Stability in Little Compton, Rhode Island, by Katharine M. Johnson
“She is Like the Merchants’ Ships”: Gender and Mortuary Practice From the Decline of Puritanism to the Rise of Mercantilism in Boston, 1650-1750, by Tess E. Ostrowsky
Dairying in 17th-Century Plymouth Colony, by Lindsay Anne Randall
Identifying 18th Century Hidden Landscapes at Stratford Hall Plantation Using Portable X-Ray Fluorescence Phosphorus Readings on Plowzone Samples, by Andrew P. Wilkins

From Coast to Consumer: The Archaeology of Smuggling in Eighteenth-Century New England, by Frank M. Carvino
Household and Status in 17th-Century Rural Rhode Island: A Case Study of the Greene Farm Midden, by Kaitlin S. Deslatte
Consumption and Colonialism: A Zooarchaeological Analysis of Two Eighteenth-Century Sites on the Eastern Pequot Reservation, by Michael A. Fedore
Multi-Cultural Meals: A Zooarchaeological Study of the Plantation Core at Sylvester Manor, by Jonathan Ryan Kennedy
Daily Negotiations and the Creation of an Alternative Discourse: The Legacy of a Colonial Nipmuc Farmstead, by Heather Law
Consumption as Social Camouflage: “Mimicry” and Nipmuc Survival Strategies in the Colonial World, by Guido Pezzarossi
The Occasional Merchant: What Foodways Reveal About the Household of Thomas Richardson, Jr., 1761-1784, by Michelle Styger
From Forest, To Company Town, and Back Again: Historical Archaeology at the Copake Iron Works, by Frederick E. Sutherland

Visions of Grandeur: An Archaeological Investigation of Landscape Organization and Transformation at Gore Place, Waltham, Massachusetts, by Gregory R. Dubell
Material Studies of Eastern Pequot Clothing in 18th- and 19th-Century Connecticut: Issues in Collaborative Indigenous Archaeology, by Jonathan K. Patton
Negotiating Colonial Markets: The Navigation of 18th-Century Colonial Economies by the Eastern Pequot, by Thomas A. Witt

Constant Changes: A Study of Anthropogenic Vegetation Using Pollen and Charcoal on the Eastern Pequot Tribal Nation Reservation, North Stonington, Connecticut, by Susan A. Jacobucci
Porgy and Bass: A Study of the Faunal Remains from the Sandy’s Point Site, by Jennifer T. Malpiedi

Fueling the Fire: An Examination of Inter-Relationships between Humans and the Environment through Colonial Caribbean Fuel Sources, by Sean Britt
Negotiating Boundaries of Colonialism: Nineteenth-Century Lifeways on the Eastern Pequot Reservation, North Stonington, Connecticut, by Craig N. Cipolla
Intentions of Independence: Medicinal Practice and Community Identity at Boston’s African Meeting House, by Teresa Dujnic
Widow Pratt Privy, Newport, Rhode Island: An Archaeobotanical and Archaeoparasitological Analysis, by Diana S. Gallagher
“Functioning in Another Register”: Manifestations of Colonial Interactions in the Material Culture of Sylvester Manor, by Jack Gary
Rock Art Preservation and Tourism: A Case Study in Brazil, by Samuel L. Gordenstein
A Documentary Archaeology of Magunkaquog, by Holly Herbster
Potsherds and People: Considering the Connections between Ceramics and Identity at the Eastern Pequot Tribal Nation Reservation, North Stonington, Connecticut, by Julie A. McNeil
“Go Straight Ahead”: Salem's Rise to Global Entrepot as Reflected in the Archaeological Assemblage from the Captain Stephen Phillips House, by George H. Schwartz

Common Threads: Katherine Nanny Naylor and the Context of the Cross Street Back Lot Textiles, by Carolyn C. Ruah

Whose Trash is it Anyway? A Stratigraphic and Ceramic Analysis of the South Grove Midden, Mount Vernon, Virginia, by Eleanor E. Breen
“Every Other House a Tavern”: Individualism and Consumer Consciousness in the Taverns of Boston, by Giampaolo A. Di Gregorio
Tracing the Footsteps of Ritual: Concealed Footwear in Quincy, Massachusetts, by Jessica W. Geisler
A Zooarchaeological Analysis of Animal Husbandry at a Northern Provisioning Plantation: Sylvester Manor, Shelter Island, New York, by Sarah P. Sportman

Adaptation and Resistance. An Analysis of Native American Activity at Den Rock during the Contact Period, by Jeffrey R. Carovillano
Is Gender Etched in Stone? A Lithic Analysis of a Contact Period Native American Site, by Katherine F. Howlett
Historical Survey of Archival Cataloging Practices for Moving Image Material and the Implications for the Historical Research, by Keith A. Luf
An Analysis of Crystal and Crystalline Quartz Material from Magunco, by John Paul Murphy
“History From the Ground Up”: Soil Micromorphology at a Long Island Plantation, by Eric L. Proebsting

“To the Place Where it Began”: Seventeenth-Century Settlement Patterns in Abingdon Parish, Gloucester County, Virginia: History, GIS, and Archaeology, by David A. Brown
An Explanation of the Proportional Differences in Shellfish Between Two Features at the Sandy’s Point Site, by Craig S. Chartier
Creation of a New England Gentry: The Winslows of Plymouth Colony, by Karin J. Goldstein
Archaeology and Microhistory: A 19th Century Physician’s Saddlebag, by Melody Henkel
Coal Mining in Baldwin: How Industry and Culture Shaped a Landscape, by Kathryn M. Lombardi
Mapping Transformation in the Grubenhauser of Anglo-Saxon England, by Kate I. Lommen
Whitman on Track with the Old Colony Railroad: The Untold Story, by Zahava Esther Shaffer

Military Equipment and Methods of Warfare of the Samnites and Other Oscan Speaking Peoples, by Michael Thomas Burns
Stone Fruit: Thoreau’s Native American Artifact Collection at the Fruitlands Museum,  Molly Carocci
Teaching What Counts in Archaeology: A New Approach to Archaeology Education, by Jeffrey H. Kotkin
The Culture of Flowerpots, Hazel H. Lathrop
Soil Phosphate Analysis: The Evaluation of a New Testing Method, by Paul J. Mohler
Known and Potential Naval Shipwreck Sites in the Waters Off Massachusetts: Inventory, Assessment, and Management Strategies, by David W. Trubey

Soil Micromorphology of a Seventeenth-Century Native American Corn Field, by Douglas R. Currie