New Book: Beneath the Ivory Tower: The Archaeology of Academia

Beneath the Ivory Tower: The Archaeology of AcademiaEdited by Russell K. Skowronek and Kenneth E. Lewis
(University Press of Florida)


“For the first time we have a volume that shows us the story of archaeology at some of our most significant and cherished institutions, America’s colleges and universities.”–Richard C. Waldbauer, National Park Service

“The chapters in this volume demonstrate the integration of teaching, learning, research, and service in the efforts to preserve and interpret heritage for the benefit of all those who identify with the academy.”–Michael S. Nassaney, Western Michigan University

As a discipline, archaeology often provides amazing insights into the past. But it can also illuminate the present, especially when investigations are undertaken to better examine the history of institutions such as colleges and universities.

In Beneath the Ivory Tower, contributors offer a series of case studies to reveal the ways archaeology can offer a more objective view of changes and transformations that have taken place on America’s college campuses. From the tennis courts of William and Mary to the “iconic paths, lawns, and well-ordered brick buildings” of Harvard, this volume will change the ways readers look at their alma maters–and at archaeology. Also included are studies of Michigan State, Notre Dame, South Carolina, Massachusetts, Illinois, North Carolina, Washington & Lee, Santa Clara, California, and Stanford.

Russell K. Skowronek (Ph.D. MSU Anthropology 1989), professor of history and anthropology at the University of Texas-Pan American, is coeditor of X Marks the Spot and coauthor of HMS Fowey Lost and Found. Kenneth E. Lewis, professor of anthropology at Michigan State University, is author of West to Far Michigan: Settling the Lower Peninsula, 1815–1860 and Camden: Historical Archaeology in the South Carolina Backcountry.

Details: 352 pages 6 x 9
Cloth: $59.95
ISBN 13: 978-0-8130-3422-5
ISBN 10: 0-8130-3422-1
Pubdate: 3/21/2010

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