Welcome to the Society for Historical Archaeology

Welcome to sha.org, the official website of the Society for Historical Archaeology. Historical Archaeology is the study of the material remains of past societies that also left behind documentary and oral histories. This subfield of archaeology studies the emergence, transformation, and nature of the Modern World.

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Sun., Apr 24, 2022
Ships’ Graveyards: Abandoned Watercraft and the Archaeological Site Formation Process April 5, 2022 Submitted by Mary L. Maniery PAR Environmental Services, Inc., President SHA Co-Publications Associate Editor In March 2018, the SHA began a blog for the Society webpage to highlight

Tue., Feb 15, 2022
by Elizabeth A. Moore (Virginia Department of Historic Resources) Location: Multiple Rivers in Virginia Problem: Virginia has 64 rivers, river branches, major creeks, and runs totaling 2,452 linear miles and is home to 3,285 square miles of submerged lands that represent 7.7% of the

Wed., Nov 24, 2021
by John M. Chenoweth Historical archaeologists engage with religion and ideology when excavating sites of worship or burial, but considering how central religion has been to many people over the last few centuries, this facet of human identity has sometimes gotten lost